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Dolphin Breaching Behaviors-Dolphin Research Center

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Published on Oct 21, 2009

Breaching is the act of propelling the body upward until at lest 40% of it is clear of the water. In fact, most species of cetaceans, especially toothed whales are capable of breaching. Cetaceans conduct several different types of breach. Depending on the size, weight, and behavior of the animal, breaches may be fast or slow.

Breach may vary the following:

Spinning: Spinning behavior involves the rotation of the body along the longitudinal axis during a breach.

Tail Walking: During tail-walking, a cetacean gives the impression that it is walking on water by holding it's body in a vertical position before crushing down. This behavior is regularly observed in bottlenose dolphins and Northern Right Whale Dolphins.

Somersault (the breaching behavior in this video): This acrobatic movement, a trademark of several dolphin species, involving the animal turning head over tail while clear of the water.

Dolphins in this video: Aleta, Santini, Tursi, Sandy, Rainbow, Talon, Pax, Molly, and Calusa.

Filmed at: Dolphin Research Center-Grassy Key, FL
When: June 2009
Song: "Go" by Katy Kiefer
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