Size of keychain:
Hand Crafted in South Africa
Height: 5 ½ inches
Width: 1 ½ inches
Length: 2 ½ inches
This is the key chain for people who love them big. It has four "charms" on a large ring, a whale, two dolphins and a fish plus a navy glass bead. This is perfect if you have a lot of keys that look similar now you can divide them onto separate rings and know at a glance which key if which lock the ring and charms are metal and the bead is glass.
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A must for all collectors.
Common dolphins are quite gregarious, and are often seen in large groups of up to ten thousand individuals. They are fond of bow riding on fast-moving vessels for sometimes-long periods. They will even occasionally associate with other types of marine mammals such as larger whale species. This species is acrobatic at the waters surface often creating quite a disturbance with their splashing and vocalization. In some regions of the world, common dolphins are closely associated with feeding at night in the deep scattering layer, which comes closer to the surface at this time.
Bottlenose dolphins are well known as the intelligent and charismatic stars of many aquarium shows. Their curved mouths give the appearance of a friendly, permanent smile, and they can be trained to perform complex tricks. In the wild, these sleek swimmers can reach speeds of over 18 miles (30 kilometers) an hour. They surface often to breathe, doing so two or three times a minute. Bottlenose dolphins travel in social groups and communicate with each other by a complex system of squeaks and whistles. Schools have been known to come to the aid of an injured dolphin and help it to the surface.
Bottlenose dolphins track their prey through the expert use of echolocation. They can make up to 1,000 clicking noises per second. These sounds travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back to their dolphin senders, revealing the location, size, and shape of their target. When dolphins are feeding, that target is often a bottom-dwelling fish, though they also eat shrimp and squid. These clever animals are also sometimes spotted following fishing boats in hopes of dining on leftovers.
Bottlenose dolphins are found in tropical oceans and other warm waters around the globe. They were once widely hunted for meat and oil (used for lamps and cooking), but today only limited dolphin fishing occurs. However, dolphins are threatened by commercial fishing for other species, like tuna, and can become mortally entangled in nets and other fishing equipment. All dolphins, including the bottlenose, are porpoises. Although some people use these names interchangeably, porpoises are actually a larger group that also includes animals like the orca and the beluga whale.
About the Humpback Whale
The Humpback Whale is distinguished particularly by its very long flippers, which are almost a third of its body length, and is white in color. The body is black, although it may have white patches, and is fairly short and round. It has a large head on which there are three irregular rows of knobs (tubercles). There are similar projections on each side of the lower jaw, at the tip of which there is a large, rough, wart-like area. Like the Brides whales, they are rorqual whales with throat grooves running from the chin to the navel. The dorsal fin is fairly short and thick, set on the long, sloping hump, which gives the whale its name. There are two blowholes.
The humpback whale was given its common name because of the shape of its dorsal (back) fin and the way it looks when the animal is diving. Its scientific name, Megaptera, means, "large-winged" and refers to its long, white, wing-like flippers that are often as long as one-third of the animal's body length. Humpbacks are gray or black, except for the flippers, parts of the chest and belly, and sometimes the underside of the tail flukes. Each whale has its own unique pattern on the underside of its tail flukes, which can be used like "fingerprints" to identify individual whales. Unique to humpbacks are wart-like round protuberances (bumps or tubercles) that occur on the head forward of the blowhole and on the edges of the flippers. Humpbacks are baleen whales that have 14 to 35 long throat pleats that expand when the whale takes in water while feeding.
Humpbacks are found in all oceans to the edges of polar ice, and follow definite migration paths from their summer feeding grounds to warmer waters in the winter. There seem to be three distinct populations of Humpbacks that do not interact with one another: one in the North Pacific, one in the North Atlantic, and another in the Southern Hemisphere (south of the equator). In the North Pacific, where their populations reach 15,000, humpbacks feed in the summer along the coast from California to Alaska. In the winter, they migrate to breeding grounds off of Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Japan. The population in California migrates to Mexico and Costa Rica, whereas the Alaskan population migrates to Hawaii.