A DOLPHIN AND NOT A FISH!
Many people confuse dolphins with big fish. Irrawaddy dolphins are not fish and need to breathe air just like humans and other land animals. There are a number of differences between dolphins and fish ...
|Have hair e.g. whiskers on their face||Do not have hair only scales covering their body|
|Dolphins give birth to live young (usually born tail first) that suckle their mothers milk||Fish lay eggs or give birth to live young that usually eat smaller plants and animals|
|The baby dolphin cannot live without its mother for at least a year||The baby fish are independent and do not need to be looked after|
|Females produce milk the baby feeds on milk, just like a human baby||Fish do not take care of their young|
|Have lungs. Must come to the surface to breathe air through their blowhole||Do not breathe air. Take oxygen from the water through gills|
|Tail is horizontal and moves up and down||Tail is vertical and moves side to side|