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Lauleh Aslani Section 5 Bio 120 Family Delphinidae The Delphinidae is the largest and most diverse family of cetaceans: it contains 26 currently recognized species of dolphins as well as 6 whales. Dolphins and whales are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves (“Oceanic Dolphins”). Dolphins are widely distributed, such as the Common Dolphin that are found in many enclosed waters such as the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The Southern Rightwhale Dolphin remains exclusively in temperate waters such as the Antarctic Convergence. Delphinidae are carnivores and mostly eat fish, squid, octopus, krill or other crustaceans. Dolphins are often found in large active schools. They communicate with each other by high-pitched squealing. Dolphins are known to bunch together when a member is ill or injured. Some dolphins approach humans and perform tricks such back somersaults, some are capable of very high breaches (usually falling back on one side), and tail-spins (Carwardine 172).
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