Dolphin Habitats: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:40 Coastal Dolphins
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Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Dolphins are amazing mammals and they live in special environments. In this lesson, learn all about dolphin habitats, including the temperature, type of water, and locations of these special creatures.

Amazing Dolphins

There are many wonderful creatures found in the oceans, and one of the most impressive is the dolphin. These lovable animals are mammals, and while they can hold their breath for long periods of time, they must come to the surface to breathe.

There are many different types of dolphins including the spinner and the bottlenose dolphin, and they live in special habitats, or living environments. In general, dolphins live in waters that are not too cold. They're mostly found in areas where the water is warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Dolphins are not found near the North or South Poles.

Coastal Dolphins

Dolphins fall into two categories when it comes to their habitats. One category of dolphin is called a coastal dolphin because it lives near the coastline. These dolphins typically like water that is warmer and not too deep. It is common to find coastal dolphins swimming in harbors and bays. You may even see them in waterways that lead out to the ocean. These dolphins are smaller and can move extremely fast.

A coastal dolphin enjoys shallow and warmer water near the coastline.
coastal bottlenose

Offshore Habitats

Some dolphins love to be out in the deep waters away from the coast. These are called offshore dolphins. They have larger bodies than coastal dolphins. They don't mind that the waters are cooler because their larger bodies can hold heat and keep them warm.

Offshore dolphins have larger bodies and can endure the colder deep waters away from the coast.
bottlenose dolphin

Offshore dolphins enjoy the wide open spaces that are out in the deep oceans. This makes them a little more vulnerable to predators, but their larger size enables them to defend themselves and stay safe.

Dolphins Habitats Around the World

So where in the world do dolphins live? Nearly everywhere that you can find moderate to warm waters. Dolphins enjoy the wide open waves in the Pacific Ocean, from the California and Mexican coast to across the globe in Japan and Australia.

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