Our Dolphin Keychain
The beading on these blue and silver dolphin keychains is securely stitched into a woven fabric of beads and is very sturdy. Unlike some beaded animals I've seen that are beautiful and engaging but very delicate, these dogs are durable and with normal handling will hold up extremely well. Check out our other dolphins as well as our page of beaded animals and beaded keychains from Guatemala. When you purchase one of these unique animals from our collection, you help in a number of ways. You help save tapirs, because that's what we do. You help the local artisans in Guatemala who need an outlet for their work (yes, jobs!), and you help my new friend Catherine with her sustainable business of working with the artisans of Guatemala to maintain jobs for themselves and make beautiful art for many people around the world to enjoy.
Bottlenose dolphins are cetaceans; they belong to a group of marine mammals which include porpoises and whales. Typically, bottlenose dolphins live in temperate and tropical oceans around the world. They live close to shores in harbors, bays, lagoons, estuaries, river mouths, and near beaches. As their names imply, bottlenose dolphins have a short and stubby beak that resemble a bottle, which may seem as if they are always smiling. They have long and smooth muscular bodies with curvy fins located near the middle of their backs. The "melon" at the front of the dolphins’ heads bulges out a bit, enhancing the shape of their foreheads. Unlike their relatives the baleen whales which have two blowholes, bottlenose dolphins have one blowhole, through which they breathe air above the surface of the water every seven minutes.
Bottlenose dolphins can grow to approximately 12 feet (3.6 m) and they can weigh between 1,250 and 1400 pounds (576-650 kg). Usually their color varies from light gray to slate gray on the upper parts of their bodies, while the bottom part appears pinkish gray and the sides become lighter in color. For most of their lives, bottlenose dolphins live in groups or pods of 20 or less. Like most mammals, they nurse their young with milk for about one year. As social mammals, the parenting task is shared among aunts and relatives who act as babysitters. Interestingly, when dolphins sleep they remember to come up to the surface for air. Scientists believe that while one side of their brain sleeps, the other side stays awake. The way they communicate with each other is another fascinating feature. Bottlenose dolphins communicate using a system call echolocation, which allows sound waves to bounce off nearby objects that the dolphins sense from the reflection of the waves.
Bottlenose dolphin article by Jinelle Williams
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