>Question: Dear Kim, > > I'm doing a project in my social studies class on the communication and >social behaviors of whales. My project is due on Monday the 14th, so I >would appreciate any information you can give me as soon as possible. > Thanks, > Andreea Reply: Dear Andrea, Dolphins, small whales, are social animals. They gather in herds or schools of all sizes up to 10000 animals! The bottlenose dolphin family usually consists of about 5-10 members with 2-4 adult females and their offspring. Small groups of males swim separately hunting and watching out for each other. Dolphins communicate through a mix of sound, body movements, and postures. Above water they open their mouths and make creaky-door sounds or high-pithced squeals and below water they make sounds that are usually too high for humans to hear using echolocation to hunt and navigate. Dolphins stay with their mothers for 3-6 years. Whistling is a form of communication that dolphins use to talk to each other, they each have a signature whistle like a name. Dolphins have been known to help each other when they are in danger or injured. Dolphin mothers are very devoted to their calves and make sure they stay close away from danger. To hunt they sometimes form circles to herd fish or break up into smaller groups to help each other out. It is believed that dolphins are highly intelligent but scientists are not sure how intelligent they are. This information is from Zoobook about Dolphins. Also search WhaleNets resources by clicking on http://whale.wheelock.edu/howtofind.html to seach from more informatin for your project. Good luck! Kim Kim Marshall-Tilas (781) 259-0423 Whale Conservation Institute fax: 259-0288 191 Weston Road website: http://www.whale.org/ Lincoln, MA 01773 WCI is a member funded and focused organization. Membership has its privileges . . .