Swim with Dolphins in Cancun

Dolphin Diet & Eating Habits

In Dolphinaris we want to satisfy your curiosity about dolphins´ diet. We provide you with pretty complete information about dolphins´ eating habits so you can learn more about our marine friends.

Dolphins are active predators. A dolphin's diet includes a wide variety of fish, squids, and crustaceans such as shrimps. The foods available to a dolphin varies depending on its geographic location.

Adult bottlenose dolphins eat approximately 4% to 5% of their body weight in food per day. A nursing mother's dietary daily intake is considerably higher(about 8%). A dolphin's stomach is compartmentalized for rapid digestion. It can also function as a crop when food is taken opportunistically.

Dolphins’ eating habits are flexible, and they are adaptable to the dolphin's particular habitat and available food resources. Dolphins do not chew their food.

Usually they swallow whole fish by the head first, so the spines of the fish won't catch in their throats. They break larger fish by shaking them or rubbing them on the ocean floor.

Hunting strategies are varied and diverse. Bottlenose dolphins often cooperate when in hunting and catching fish, but they also feed on individual, no schooling fishes. To hunt larger fish, a bottlenose dolphin may use its tail flukes to kick a fish out of the water, and then retrieve the stunned prey. Bottlenose dolphins often feed in association with fishing operations.

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Dolphins in Texas bays frequently accompany shrimp boats. They feed on fishes that are caught incidentally in trawl nets intended for shrimp.

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