Even though both animals live in water, they are not considered fish but mammals for specific reasons.
They are warm blooded
They give birth to live young ones
2. Blow Holes
Both Dolphin and Whale have blowholes at the top of their heads. This is not to create a fancy water eruption as the water park, but to allow the animal to breath. When whales and dolphins reach the water surface to breathe, they will forcefully expel air through the hole at the top of their heads.
Dolphins makes whistling and other clicking sounds to communicate with other dolphins and their existing underwater environment. Just like dolphins, whales use different sounds to communicate also. Toothed whales communicate using high-frequency clicks and whistles. Single click sounds are used mainly for echolocation while multiple clicks are used to communicate with other whales and even dolphins in the area.
A group of whales are commonly called a pod, likewise a group of dolphins are commonly called a pod. Both whales and dolphins have high socialization skills and form what may be groups or communities. These groups help in making their style of hunting easier and helps form a solid barrier of protection from some sharks.
Whales and Dolphins give birth to a single calf at a time at a gestation period of 11-18 months.
e whistling sounds through their blowholes to communicate with one another underwater.
All dolphins are whales but not all whales are dolphins. Even the mammal we called "Killer Whale" is actually a dolphin. Whales will tend to grow much larger than their dolphin counterparts and larger whales will feed on much smaller preys such as shrimp and small schools of fish.
2. Speed and Agility
There is no doubt that wen it comes on to agility, dolphins will win this hands down. They are quick and capable of doing some amazing water tricks.
3. Curiosity / Friendliness
Dolphins tend to be a bit more curious than whales as they will approach divers and even give them a nudge or two to see what they are doing and gain some attention.
Whales are intelligent creatures. But dolphins exhibit a level of intelligence even greater of that of even dogs and pigs.
5. Two Blow Holes and Baleen
Baleen whales have baleen and two blow holes. The baleen in baleen whales acts as a strainer when the whale feeds. the baleen is made of keratin. The humpback baleen has approximately 600 baleen plates in the upper jaw straining out all unwanted materials from entering the whales stomach.
Whales and Dolphins have fascinated sea wold lovers for decades. Both animals are aquatic and exhibit quite a bit of intelligence. But what makes a whale different from a dolphin? What makes these two sea dwellers similar. Lets take a look
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If you simply cannot own an otter as a pet, there is no reason to give up caring for one. You can easily adopt a sea otter and ensure the survival of that animal. The sea otter is the heaviest of all otters and can weigh in excess of 80 pounds. You can find this Otter near coastal waters or soft ocean bottoms. The Sea otter loves to go fishing and even though it’s main menu consist of fish, it will hunt and consume different sea foods. The sea otter is always at risk due to the hunting nature of man. It is hunted and killed for its fur which is quite expensive on the market. This has led to government adding the sea otter onto the list of protected animals.
This protection still doesn’t stop men from hunting these animals as many times they will hunt and catch these animals and hide them under schools of fish. The otters are also in danger of water pollution as many times toxins are either accidentally or intentionally spilled into these habitats. This will always be devastating to the otter as the water is his home.
Adopting a Sea Otter
When you adopt an otter, you can ensure that the little donation you make will help to keep the otter safe and healthy. What better way than to say thank you to the environment and wildlife than to simply show a bit of support and care for the animals which dwell in it.
When you make your donation or adopt an Otter, you will receive a welcome aboard package from the wildlife conservation group. Many of these welcome packages will include:
Note! You May Have To Have a Permit To Own and Care for An Otter As It Is an Exotic Animal and May be Protected in Many States.
There are those of us who simply do not care to be normal, cat and dog pet owners. Instead of seeking a cat or dog, will opt to get an exotic animal as pet such as an otter. Having a pet otter is not bad as these small active animals will rarely require a lot of attention. But before you run to the exotic pet store and shout, "I want an otter, I want an otter!" You need to understand the animal and know the different species of otter and which one makes the best pet.
These cute little guys are many times mistaken for beavers as they live on land and water. You will normally find otters living on land but very close to any body of water which they use to hunt for fishes and other marine animals which they feed on. One look at the otter and you will see that it is an adorable creature.
Many say that it resembles mongoose or is probably related to the bear. But the otter is the largest members of the weasel family. Other members related to this mammal are wolverines, badgers, and the polecats. Otters in the wild normally would not attack any human unless it is being provoked or has little ones and becomes overly protective when believed they are threatened. But when it comes to self defense, you can be sure the otter will give a few bites here and there as they do have sharp teeth and claws.
What Does The Otter Eat?
If you plan on getting a pet otter, you must ensure that the otter has a well balanced diet and be careful not to overfeed the animal. In the wild, otters will hunt and eat, fish, lizards, bugs and other small reptile. But don't be fooled by these tiny creatures, they are food heads. Otters can consume up to 20% of their body weight daily. That would be like a large man weighing 200 pounds and consuming 40 lbs of steak daily. That is a lot of food! But don't go running to the pet store and digging down the isle for otter pet food. You may be digging a while. Just always have fish and other meats such as bird meat available to provide for your pet otter.
How long do otters live?
The average life span of the otter is 10-12 years. But sea otters have recorded living up to 25 years. The otters diet and care will also determine its life span factor.
Do otter have illness or disease?
Just like any other animal you would have has a pet, the otter is also capable of contracting diseases and also affecting other animals around such as a dog or cat. If you do decide on getting a pet otter, you must be aware that otters can contract:
After you have received the requisite paper work to own an otter. The next step is to ensure that your otter is disease free by taking the animal to Vet to have it checked and possible vaccinated. The vaccination will help to stem the contraction of many of the diseases stipulated above.
Habitat For Your Pet Otter.
Once you decide on getting a pet otter. You should always do due diligence into the animals living style and make accommodations suitable for the otter to be comfortable. Ensure that you have the following available for your pet otter at all times.
Pet Otter Reproduction
Otters will reach reproduction stage with 2-3 years. The Gestation period is 60 days to nine months depending on the species of otter. The otter can have up to six pups. But the sea otter will only have one offspring birth in one year. Depending on the species, otters are fed from the Mom up to 12 Months. After that, they will have to forage for food themselves.
Pet Otter Sounds
If you hear some weird sounds coming from your pet otter, don't rush outside to see if it is hanging in the jaws of a gator. Otters will whistles, chirp, growl, click and sometimes scream. They will make various sound depending on what they are doing.
Some Different Species of Otter
1. Sea Otter
You will find these little swimmers in the Northern Pacific Ocean. You can differentiate the Sea Otter by its small rounded face structure. Visit the Northern Pacific Ocean and you will see these otters just floating on the water probably being lazy after eating a large fish. The sea otter may not be the best otter for a pet because it enjoys and needs vast waters to live healthy and happy.
2. Giant Otter
Not the kind of otter one would take as a pet. This otter has very long weasel like body and can weigh as much as 26 and 32 kg (57 and 71 lb) for males and 22 and 26 kg (49 and 57 lb) for females. The giant otter has the shortest fur of all otter species; it is typically chocolate brown, but may be reddish or fawn, and appears nearly black when wet. The Giant Otter is quite an eater. It will hunt catfish, perch and anything characin. When hunting on land, the otter will go after small snakes, lizards. The Giant otter can eat up to 9 lbs of seafood daily. If you plan on having this animal as a pet, be sure to have a hefty supply of fish and a large pool for your giant otter.
African Clawless Otter
The otter known for two things: Beautiful Fur and for being Clawless. Aside from the Giant Otter, no other otter is bigger than the African clawless otter. The clawless otter cab weight from 12 -21 Kg. This otter is also known as the Cape clawless otter or groot otter. These otters are found in lowland forest areas and also in the Svannah. Wherever you find otter dwelling you should be sure to find some permamnt water source nearby.
The distinguish look of white along the length of the otters brownish coat makes this otter stand out easily. This otter is also known as the Eurasian otter.
Northern River Otter
Take a look at this long sized otter with its large head. The Northern river otter can be found in America and Canada. You will always almost find them clinging to the banks of shallow rivers. Otters are basically semi aquatic and hence depend on the water for it's natural survival. Northern river otters are frequent eaters. They spend a lot of time in water catching fish. A key difference with this otter and other otters is its eating habits. The Northern River otter gulps down its food in one go instead of chewing. Which gives it more time to go catch another fish.
Any animal can make a great pet. Choosing an otter as a pet is not far off as many people prefer to have exotic animals as pets. But what is really important is the fact that the animal is cared for even much better than it would do for itself in it's natural habitat. Remember, before you go get get an otter, find out what the law says in your region regarding owning an otter. Possession of these animals without permit can be illegal.
Many animal lovers don't realize that there are lot of animals which lay eggs. Some people stereotype egg laying animals to birds only. But here is a complete list of animals which lay eggs. Some of which will be quite surprising,
Monotremes - Mammals that lay eggs.
When it comes on to egg laying Mammals, there are only 3 types;
List of Animal Names That Lay Eggs.
All animals make sounds. Some animals will make the same sounds while others make quite a distinctive sound. Here is a complete list of all animals and sounds they make.
Lion - Growl, Grunt, Roar
Leopard - Growl, Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Purr, Meow
Llama - Hum
Monkey - Wobble, Scream, hoot, howl, coo, rumble, bark, pant, grunt
Manatee - squeal and screams, chirp
Meerkat - Chatter, squeal, Purr
Mouse - Squeak
Ostrich - Grunting, Drumming, Booming
Otter - chirp, purr, squeal, gurgling
Opossum - Click, Hiss, Growl
Owl - Hoot
Pig - Oink, Grunt
Panther - Growl, roar, hiss
Parrot - Whistle, gurgle, trills, squark
Penguin - Honk, Gaw Gak
Rat - Squeak
Rabbit - Cluck, Purr
Raccoon - Chitter, Growling, Snarling, Hissing, Whimpering
Snake - Hiss
Tiger - Growl, Roar
Tasmanian Devil - Grunt
Tapir - Whistle
Turkey - Gobble
Vicuna - Hum, Orgle
Whale - Whistle, Click, Pulse calls.
Wallaby - Chatter, Whistling, Hissing, Whimper
Walrus - barks, moans, screams, whoops, wails, bellows, growls, snorts
Warthog - Grunt, Whine, Squeal
Yak - Grunt Like
Zebra - Bark, Bray, Snort
The lion is considered the king of the jungle and for very good reasons. The lion lives in what is called prides, where several females live and breed among the alpha male lion(s). The female lions are the bread winner in this outfit as they are the ones who have to go out, hunt and kill the prides dinner. The males are responsible for protecting the kill from being taken by other predators such as those laughing hyenas. The female lions hunt in tactical packs which will secure a large kill easily.
Speaking of the devil and here they are. Hyenas are not sharp hunters though and mostly rely on stealing kills or cleaning up rotting carcasses left behind. But when they do put on that hunting cap, they do it together in one big laughing brawl.
Don’t take these bottled nose water bunnies simple. They are quite intelligent creatures and their tactical hunting style proves it. When dolphins hunt fish, they send out small sonar signals which somehow allow the fishes to gather in one central area. This is what is called a bait ball. Then they swoop in and enjoy their meal.
These part reality part mythical creatures are not just large dogs in grey suits. They are skilled hunters who should be respected. Wolves hunts in packs and can take down preys such as deer, bison, bighorn sheep and musk oxen. Don’t go seeing a wolf pack and think if you get bitten you will transform into a man wolf. Chances are your wishbone will be stuck somewhere in their teeth.
One of the greediest fishes in water. Definitely not a fish you can cuddle or poke your finger at. Piranhas are feared fishes because of their mighty aggression when feeding compact with large razor sharp teeth. They travel in numbers and can speedily debone large preys such as humans, cattle and other fishes.
6. Wild Dogs
Not all dogs are domesticated. And not all dogs will ever be. African wild dogs live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. The Pack will hunt antelopes and will also tackle much larger prey, such as wildebeests, particularly if their quarry is ill or injured. The dogs supplement their diet with rodents and birds.
They say that this animal is one of the closest animals to human DNA. They have exhibited intelligence in thinking, planning and communicating which no other animal has shown. They are known to hunt in packs in the wild and will take down and eat other small moneys, namely the red Colobus monkeys.
Hungry or angry hornets? Take your pick. Hornets are quite dangerous insects and a handful of hornets have been known to raid and kill and entire bee colony. They are powerful and can easily split a bee in half. They will also hunt other insects such as butterflies, spiders, wasp, etc.
There are so many species of ants sharing this planet with us, and they all share the same common traits. They go hunting for food. Ants live together in colonies with the queen being at the helm. Just like the bee’s hierarchy. You have workers, hunters, soldier’s etc. The hunters go out in mass numbers and will kill and conquer any insect in their path.
Orcas live in groups which are called pods. These large sea creatures have a good social environment. Each pod may have up to 40 Orcas. These massive beast will consume anything they can catch in water and sometimes even on land. They will hunt sea lions, seals, sharks, and dungdungs. They do not usually hunt for human meat, but don’t go swimming among a group of these hungry animals when they are hungry in the wild open ocean. You may just become fish food.