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Bottlenose dolphins eat things like fish, squid, shellfish, and even small sharks. They eat between six and fifteen kg. of food per day. They swallow their food whole even though they have so many teeth. When bottlenose dolphins are ready to eat, they send out a scout to find the food. Then the dolphins line up and swim towards the school. They leap about to scare the fish and then make a circle around and close in. Then it's every dolphin for himself.


When dolphins are looking for a mate, it's usually the female who looks for the male. They are only mates for a couple of days or sometimes weeks, after that, the female (cow), stays with the rest of the cows and finds a new mate next year.



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