Why Do Dolphins Jump Out of the Water?

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Dolphins jump out of the water to avoid predators, to get oriented above the water and to take breaths. Dolphins are often trained to jump for entertainment when in captivity. Get more information on why dolphins jump from a dolphin behavioral husbandry and rehabilitation coordinator in this free video on dolphins.

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Hi I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith with Mote Marine Laboratory. Today we're going to talk about why dolphins leap out of the water. In the wild, dolphins may leap out of the water for a number of reasons. Dolphin may leap out of the water to avoid predators such as sharks. Dolphins may also leap out of the water as a form of navigation to see where they are and to get orientated above the water. Dolphins have to break the surface of the water in order to breathe to sometimes they may jump as part of as a breach in order to take a breath. In a captive situation we train dolphins sometimes to jump out of the water for the entertainment of the public and also for educational reasons. And that's the reason that dolphins leap out of the water. I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith with Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida.

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