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What kinds of dolphins are kept in captivity?

Other species kept in captivity are spotted dolphins, false killer whales and common dolphins, Commerson's dolphins, as well as rough-toothed dolphins, but all in much lower numbers than the bottlenose dolphin. There are also fewer than ten pilot whales, Amazon river dolphins, Risso's dolphins, spinner dolphins, or tucuxi in captivity.

What is the importance of dolphins in human culture?

Dolphins have long played a role in human culture. Dolphins are sometimes used as symbols, for instance in heraldry. In Greek myths, dolphins were seen invariably as helpers of humankind. Dolphins also seem to have been important to the Minoans, judging by artistic evidence from the ruined palace at Knossos.

How do dolphins die in South Africa?

Sadly, they die in shark nets. The shark nets at Richards Bay pose the biggest problem to them in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We are now studying dolphin behaviour near these nets so that the number of deaths can be reduced. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board has given us use of a video camera to monitor the dolphins' activity.

What is the scientific name for a dolphin?

Dolphin is the common name of aquatic mammals within the infraorder Cetacea. The term dolphin usually refers to the extant families Delphinidae (the oceanic dolphins), Platanistidae (the Indian river dolphins ), Iniidae (the New World river dolphins), Pontoporiidae (the brackish dolphins), and the extinct Lipotidae (baiji or Chinese river dolphin).


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