Killer whales (orcas), the biggest members of the dolphin family, are sometimes called "wolves of the sea" because they hunt in packs (pods)!
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One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis
After her mother is lost during a dolphin-saving trip, Kara and her friend, a boy with cerebral palsy, find a baby albino dolphin washed ashore and work to save it.
Dolphin Tale: The Junior Novel, adapted by Gabrielle Reyes
When a dolphin loses her tail in a crab trap, a boy helps her survive, then asks an army hospital doctor to make an artificial tail for her. Based on a true story.
Dolphin Song by Lauren St. John
Eleven-year-old Martine and her classmates, on a school trip to study marine life off the coast of their native South Africa, are saved after a shipwreck by a pod of dolphins. Then, mysteriously, some of the dolphins are beached on the island. Can the kids return the good deed and save the dolphins? Sequel to The White Giraffe.
Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell
This Newbery-winning adventure tells the story of a young Indian girl, alone on an island off the coast of California for eighteen years, surviving through courage and self-reliance. Based on a true story.
The Dolphin Diaries a series by Ben M. Baglio
A series about humans and dolphins. In the first book, a dolphin rescues a girl during a storm at sea, and brings her back to safety.
Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival by Janet Wyman Coleman
The true story of the loss of eight dolphins from a destroyed tank at Marine Life Oceanarium in Mississippi during the massive Hurricane Katrina, and the rescue that followed.
Everything Dolphins by Elizabeth Carney
Learn all about the characteristics that define dolphins, their daily lives, different species, conservation efforts, and much more! From National Geographic, this one is full of great pictures.
Dolphins by Anna Claybourne
Tons of information about dolphins, with maps, charts and great photos.
Face to Face with Dolphins by Flip and Linda Nicklin
Go 70 feet below the surface with underwater photographers to be face to face with one of the sea's friendliest and most intelligent creatures!
Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage by Sophie Webb
Sophie Webb and her shipmates count and collect samples of life in the deep ocean, from sea birds to dolphins.
Orcas by Clair Throp
Learn about the largest member of the dolphin family, and what is being done to help them survive in the wild.
The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner
Read about real scientists working with dolphins.
Dolphins by James De Medeiros [Tumblebook]
Dolphins are a friendly and smart animal that always seem to be smiling! Learn about them in the new interactive non-fiction TumbleBook, an eBook you can read right on your computer, with no other equipment needed. Go to our catalog link, then click on “Click here for PC access” to open the book!
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Wild Kratts Lost at Sea [DVD]
What do all those sounds mean? Watch the episode, "Speaking Dolphinese."
Dolphin Tale [Blu-ray | DVD]
A dolphin loses her tail in a crab trap, a boy helps her survive, an army doctor makes an artificial tail for her – and it becomes a movie! Based on a true story.
Kid Guides: Kids Sea Camp Cura̦çao [DVD]
Brittney attends Curaçao's Dolphin Academy, where she learns to be a dolphin trainer. She learns to care for them and prepare their food, and gradually learns to work with the them as they practice their tricks.
A teenager saves a dolphin who turns out to be a good friend.
Flipper's New Adventure [DVD]
Flipper helps rescue an English family that's being held captive by pirates!
Deep Sea Dive [DVD]
This movie from the National Geographic Society lets you explore the world's oceans from surface to seafloor, and come face to face with great whales, friendly dolphins, scary sharks, and all the ocean's amazing treasures.
Popular Mechanics for Kids: Super Sea Creatures [DVD]
Swim with dolphins and visit Sea World to learn how to care for marine life.
The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! [XBOX 360]
Save the world from dolphin domination! Team Penguin is on their greatest adventure yet to stop Dr. Blowhole.
Cetacean Information from Whale Songs
Dolphins, like whales, are cetaceans. Read here about many varieties.
Bottlenose Dolphins from National Geographic Kids
Learn about bottlenose dolphins, watch a video and listen to the sounds they make. You can even send your friends a dolphin e-card!
Bottlenose Dolphin from Animal Fact Guide
The site includes facts, a picture of a dolphin before birth, and a video of dolphins playing with bubble rings!
Dolphin Dinner from National Geographic Kids.
Watch a pod of dolphins work together to trap a giant group of anchovy fish for their dinner!
Orcas (Killer Whales) from National Geographic Kids
A cool short video, plus lots of facts about the largest of all dolphins, a map and an e-card to send.
A Day in the Life of a Dolphin Trainer from the National Aquarium in Baltimore
Have you ever thought of working with dolphins? Read about a real dolphin trainer’s workday.
Training the Dolphins from the National Aquarium in Baltimore
Read how dolphin training is actually done.