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The spinner dolphin is known as an acrobat because it does many amazing jumps, spins, and flips in the air, mostly by night. But scientists aren’t sure why: some think they jump to communicate with each other, while others think they are just playing. Spinner dolphins communicate with each other and see underwater using echolocation, which means they see using sound! Here’s an example: a dolphin will make a high squeal and it will travel though the water. When it hits something (like a coral or another dolphin) it will bounce back, or echo, to the dolphin’s original location. It can then tell the distance between it and another object, or even the shape of that object, based on the way the sound returns to it!
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