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Are there such things as cold water dolphins?

Asked by dphhaas (164points) September 5th, 2009

my wife and i were at the tail end of a flight and taxiing to the terminal at the airport. the plane at the terminal next to us was for frontier airlines and it had a dolphin painted on the tail wing (i guess that’s what it is called). we were debating where we thought frontier flew to and i suggested alaska. she laughed at me and said there were no dolphins along the coast of alaska. i had no idea so i made up a story about there being cold water dolphins, while she insists that dolphins are only found in warm water, temperate oceans. so what’s the deal?

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MissAnthrope's avatar

Yes, there is the hourglass dolphin.

Now, it also depends on your definition of “cold”. The hourglass dolphin lives in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters. However, many humans would consider the Atlantic waters off the northeast coast to be cold, and there are dolphins there, as well.

Darwin's avatar

Yes, dolphins can be found in cold water. They’re found along almost all the of the tropical and temperate coasts from latitude 40° south and up to latitude 60° North. Cities at 60N include Anchorage, Alaska, so yes, some species of Dolphins can be seen in the waters off Alaska.

Harp's avatar

Orcas are true dolphins (family Delphinidae), even though they’re called “killer whales”. They frequent arctic waters.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Frontier Airlines have lots of different animals painted on their plane tails. Each animal has a name. The dolphin is not the company mascot.

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