For example, dolphins became solitary when they were in poor health or following the death of a fellow dolphin. Or, a young dolphin whose mother perishes before teaching it how to “live in society” might find itself alone and subsequently seek the contact of humans and boats.
Do dolphins travel alone?
Behavior and Diet Bottlenose dolphins may travel alone or in groups, and the groups often break apart and reform.
Are dolphins solitary?
Dolphins are typically regarded as highly social animals. Since 2008, 32 solitary dolphins have been recorded including 27 bottlenose dolphins (25 Tursiops truncatus and two Tursiops aduncus), two striped dolphins and three common dolphins. Four solitary belugas have also been recorded.
What to do if you encounter a dolphin?
DO NOT CHASE or swim after, or follow the dolphins away from the group of humans. They are incredibly graceful and powerful swimmers. There is no way any human could keep up with them. Swimming after them when they move off simply forces them to move a bit further away.
Should you touch a dolphin?
Never touch or pet dolphins, even if they come close enough to touch. Use binoculars to watch dolphins from a safe distance in their natural habitat instead.
What causes dolphin death?
As in any animal population, a variety of diseases and parasites can be responsible for dolphin deaths. Dolphins may suffer from viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. In addition, they may develop stomach ulcers, skin diseases, tumors, heart disease, urogenital disorders, and respiratory disorders.