Dolphins are cute and playful. Sharks are scary and full of teeth. So how can it be true that a ruthless predator, such as a shark, is afraid of something as cute as a dolphin? Could this be true?
The answer is: yes and no. Sharks certainly don’t cry in horror when they see dolphins. But dolphins can kill sharks, so a smart hunter avoids a herd of dolphins.
Basically, the natural structure of the dolphins’ body gives them a great advantage over sharks. The combination of soft skin and flexible skeletal joints facilitates the rapid movements of dolphins in the fight of their cartilage-filled counterparts.
The anatomy of the dolphin tail offers great agility and a quick change of direction in case of attacks.
Made up of very strong and thick bones, the dolphin’s snout is like a natural ram, and an attack on the shark’s soft belly leads to serious internal wounds.
The main advantage of dolphins
Sharks are solitary predators, while dolphins travel in groups. Whenever a member of the group is in danger, the rest of the herd rushes to defend their friend.
Sharks sometimes attack dolphin chicks. When a shark decides to attack a small dolphin, it usually cannot avoid the attack of an angry herd of dolphins.
Another advantage of dolphins over sharks is intelligence. Using echolocation, dolphins can coordinate quickly.