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DORSAL FIN....the fin on the back of the dolphin that is used for identification. The LEADING EDGE of the fin is the edge towards the dolphin's head; the TRAILING EDGE is the one towards the fluke (tail fins) Leading edge scars and cuts are often caused by fishing nets, boat propellers and encounters with marine animals. Trailing edge scars and cuts may be caused by the same reasons but are more often the result of encounters with other dolphins and marine animals. The dorsal is made of dense fibrous tissue and is used for balance.
PECTORAL FLIPPER....two side flippers located towards the front underside fo the dolphin that aid in maneuvering and balance in the water.
BLOWHOLE....the opening at the top of the dolphin's head where the air enters the dolphin and waste gases are expelled. The blowhole connects by tubes to the lungs. All Bottlenose dolphin sounds, including echolocation clicks, are emitted through the blowhole.
MELON.... a large mound on the dolphin's forehead that is an integral part of the echolocation system - directing the echolocation sounds. It is relatively soft and contains mostly fatty tissue.
'SMILE'.... the dolphin smile is the natural formation of its jaw in order to let saltwater drain out when it grabs fish to eat. Dolphins do not have smile muscles and therefore cannot smile. Just because they 'look' happy doesn't mean that they are!
ESTUARINE DOLPHINS look different that offshore dolphins - the estuarine variety tend to be smaller and much lighter in color.
PORPOISES.... Porpoises and dolphins are as different as cats and dogs. Porpoises are not usually found in Georgia or South Carolina.
Attend a TDP Dolphin Program to learn more about our resident dolphins.