The Ultimate Bottle-Nosed Dolphin Behavior Quiz
by Staff
Have you ever been swimming with dolphins? Take this quiz to learn more about the behavior of bottle-nosed dolphins and decide whether you still want to go swimming with them.

How are bottle-nosed dolphins generally perceived?

  • as aggressive animals
  • as friendly animals
  • as cruel animals

Who was the marine biologist who led the group that discovered aggressive dolphins?

  • Richard Connor
  • Ali Abdelghany
  • Joseph Ayers

In which decade were most of the new dolphin behavior discoveries made?

  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s

Which group of animals usually forms social alliances?

  • males
  • females
  • babies

How long do some male dolphin alliances last for?

  • 2 years
  • 5 years
  • 10 years

Why do male dolphins form alliances?

  • out of friendship
  • with sexual motivation
  • to improve hunting capabilities

Up to how long might a female dolphin remain in male captivity?

  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month

What do dolphins to do females to prevent them from escaping?

  • bite them
  • guard them
  • starve them

What spurs on male dolphins to capture females?

  • male desire to rule
  • males feeling threatened by females
  • female promiscuity

Where have super-gangs of dolphins been observed?

  • Shark Bay
  • Moray Firth
  • Virginia Beach

What ability do female dolphins have with regard to mating?

  • The ability to chose the sex of their baby.
  • The ability to select who they conceive with.
  • The ability to smell who is the strongest male.

How long do female dolphins usually spend raising a single calf?

  • 1-3 years
  • 2- 4 years
  • 3 - 6 years

Which animals were dolphins killing hundreds of in 1990?

  • baby dolphins
  • porpoise
  • sharks

What caused the death of the porpoise?

  • bruised organs
  • suffocation
  • starvation

How did scientists discover that bottle-nosed dolphins were behind the porpoise killings?

  • They found dolphin DNA on the porpoise.
  • They matched the teeth marks to the dolphins.
  • The dolphins had porpoise skin on them.

Why did the dolphins kill the porpoises?

  • because porpoise eat the same fish as them
  • because porpoise are rival mates
  • it is unknown

What other dolphin killings have been documented?

  • humans
  • baby dolphins
  • octopi

How old were the baby dolphins that were killed?

  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 3 years

Within how long can female dolphins become fertile after losing an infant?

  • 2 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months

What is other speculation as to why dolphins killed the porpoises?

  • They used porpoises as target practice.
  • They confused porpoises with baby dolphins.
  • both of the above