gray dolphin tail, dolphins
Most dolphins have acute eyesight, both in and out of the water, and their sense of hearing is superior to that of humans. Though they have a small ear opening on each side of their head, it is believed that hearing underwater is also if not exclusively done with the lower jaw which conducts the sound vibrations to the middle ear via a fat-filled cavity in the lower jaw bone. Hearing is also used for echolocation, which seems to be an ability all dolphins have. Their teeth are arranged in a way that works as an array or antenna to receive the incoming sound and make it easier for them to pinpoint the exact location of an object. The dolphin's sense of touch is also well-developed. However, dolphins lack an olfactory nerve and lobes and thus are believed to have no sense of smell, but they can taste and do show preferences for certain kinds of fish. Since dolphins spend most of their time below the surface normally, just tasting the water could act in a manner analogous to a sense of smell.
Though most dolphins do not have any hair, they do still have hair follicles and it is believed these might still perform some sensory function, though it is unclear what exactly this may be. The small hairs on the rostrum of the Boto river dolphin are believed to function as a tactile sense however, possibly to compensate for the Boto's poor eyesight.
|Itinerary||. feeling: neutral, slighly upbeat|
|Activity||dhow boat and snorkelling||Tour||GAP (Great Adventure People)|
|Feeling||mild upbeat||Date||2007:10:08 10:48:05|
|Make||Canon||Model||Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi|
|Flash||Off, Did not fire||Focal||85.0 mm|
|Metering||Multi-segment||Program||Action (High speed)|
|File Size||239 kB|