Toddler Blog: Dolphins

30th January 2019

Today we had a delightful time learning all about the most playful animal in the ocean – the dolphin! First, we practiced our animal sign language and then we learnt all about the wonderful world of the dolphin! We even looked at a real dolphin’s skull to look at how they have special teeth for grabbing slippery fish and how their nostrils are on top of their heads to let them breathe as they leap through the waves. Next, we went on an intrepid adventure through the Aquarium to count how many dolphins we could spot. Having real dolphins in aquariums isn’t allowed in this country but we did find some model dolphins above our Eddystone exhibit! We found some Common Short Beaked dolphins and two Killer Whales, which are the largest species of dolphin! When we got back to the café we put our painting aprons on and made some terrific dolphin template art with paints and sponges. The results had us jumping for joy just like dolphins in the sea do!

3 facts:

  • Dolphins aren’t fish, they are mammals just like us! They are hairy when they are babies, are warm blooded, give birth to live young and feed their babies milk!
  • There are around 40 different types of dolphins in the ocean and 5 that live in rivers. The largest species of dolphin is the Orca, also known as a Killer Whale, and the smallest is the Maui dolphin which can be found off the coast of New Zealand.
  • Dolphins live in groups called pods! They look after the sick, old and injured animals in their groups and scientists think that instead of giving each other names that each member has their own special whistle so that other people can recognise them!

Sign of the Week:  Dolphin

Use your hand to make a dolphin jumping through the waves.

Next Week:  We are learning all about the totally awesome turtle!

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