Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Home
Evolution
Dolphins vs. Whales & Porpoises
The Ocean Environment
External Features
Ventral Features & Male Vs. Female
Fin Structure & Function
Senses
Brain & Intelligence
Thermo-regulation
Melon
Blowhole & Breathing
Vocalization
Echolocation
Mouth & Teeth
Feeding
Sleeping
Hydration
Counter-shading
Pregnancy & Birth
Mother & Calf
Jumping & Synchronous Behavior
Behavior In The Water
Bubble Rings
Pods
Socialization Behavior
Range
Training
Husbandry
Health Assessment
Stranding
Conservation
Dolphins In Captivity
The Captive Habitat
About Me
Contact Me

BUBBLE RINGS EXPLAINED

Bubble ring formation appears to be a planned event by dolphins. The technique used to form bubble rings differs in dfferent populations of dolphins and may represent a way in which their "culture" is transmitted within their specific group. Rings may be produced by tail flicks, in vertical or in horizontal body positions. Tail flicks may be used to produce a vortex of air which is formed into a ring by the dolphin by various means, including the tail itself or by blowing air into the vortex using the blowhole. Some groups of dolphins appear to prefer to form bubble rings near the bottom of their environment so as to have more time to modify and play with the ring. Bubble ring formation may be a form of behavioral enhancement - a way to spend time at play. It takes time and skill to perfect.
 
In the following video, Bottlenose dolphins in a captive environment are shown making bubble rings by using tail flukes to create a vortex. It appears as if they are not blowing additional air into the rings. These dolphins are in an approximately 10 foot deep pool and do not prefer making their rings at the bottom. In at least one case these animals try to playfully pass through the rings they produce.

Site Content
 
Understanddolphins.com contains information condensed from a number of reputable technical sources, peer reviewed journal articles, and respected dolphin research facilities, as well as from my personal experiences and observations as a dolphin VIP Tour Guide and Educator.
 
I have made every attempt to support the information presented in this site with video and still photographic images. On a regular basis I plan to produce more of these images and will continue to update the site with these as well as with any new and scientifically verified information which becomes available.

Custom Search