Sometimes an ordinary female bottlenose dolphin (typically 300-600 lbs.) will mate with one of the biggest species in the dolphin family, the false killer whale (not really a whale, hence “false”, but weighing in at 4,000 lbs. and being a similar size and colour to an orca, is easily mistaken as a whale from a distance).
These hybrids are extremely rare and, whilst it is believed some can be found in the wild, only two wholpins exist in captivity. With the help of daddy’s genes, wholpins can grow to the size of a 1-year-old bottlenose dolphin in just a few months.
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