Like all mammals, dolphins are warm blooded, breathe air, give birth to live babies, feed their new born milk, and are born with hair. Being warm, blooded, or homeothermic, dolphins maintain a constant body temperature regardless of the surrounding water temperature. Unlike terrestrial mammals, including humans, dolphins are conscious breathers, mean- ing they must be aware of their breathing to avoid involuntarily taking a breath while underwater. Atlantic spotted dolphins are capable of diving to up to 60 meters, remaining underwater for up to 6 minutes. They are known to be preyed upon by sharks, but killer whales and other small-toothed whales may also be a threat.
The Atlantic spotted dolphin can often be seen traveling in small pods consisting of up to 15 dolphins. These dolphins enjoy maintaining a high level of social interaction with one another and can often be seen performing leaps and various acrobatic stunts. The Atlantic spotted dolphin communicates using vocal sounds and body language. When it comes to sound these dol- phins use high-pitched clicks and whistles to communicate about nearby threats, food, a desire to play, and a number of other things. Each dolphin has its own unique frequency which helps them understand who is communicating, and also provides them with a geographic reference (location). This can be extremely useful when a mother for instances needs to keep track of one of her kids or when two friends are communicating with one another in a large pod. Body language is also important for commu- nication. Dolphins may bump into one another or visualize their body language by spy hopping or leaping out of the water to alert other dolphins of various interests or threats or to display their physical abilities.