Young dolphins form strong bonds with their moms, staying with them for three to five years. They begin to catch their own fish after 6 months, but normally continue to nurse. Mothers do not share their fish.
Dolphins eat between 10 to 30 pounds of fish daily…and not particular as to what kind of fish. Moms with calves eat 50% more because of nursing. Given they have cone shaped teeth, they normally swallow fish whole.
Calves (age 6 months and up) and sub-adults (ages 5 to 11) are very active, social and playful. Calves are often observed leaping playfully with their moms. Sub- adults often leap together in play and socially.