how high can a dolphin jump ?

From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 10:36:52 EDT


What kind of dolphin? There are many different species. Spinner
dolphins can supposedly clear the water by more than 10 feet (often
spinning as they do so). Dolphins can probably hit burst speeds of
25-30 knots. Weight for the largest spinners... not sure. They're
around 2.2 meters in maximum length, which I would guess would put them
at a maximum weight of around 500-600 lbs.

Miguel Brito wrote:
> Hello
> How high can a dolphin jump ?
> I would be able to calculate an estimate if I knew its its (maximum or/and
> average) speed.
> By the way, what is its (average and maxium) weight ?
> Thank you,
> Miguel Brito

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