Dolphin vs Shark: Who Would Win or Get Eaten?

Most of us have a hard time deciding who would win in a fight between a dolphin and a shark. Both animals are ferocious predators, with many different strengths and weaknesses. 

Depending on the species of shark we’re talking about, the answer might be yes. A pod of dolphins is unlikely to be threatened by a single shark. But if it’s a fully-fledged adult shark, a dolphin won’t stand a chance.

Dolphins are intelligent, social animals observed to teach other dolphins how to use tools. Sharks are solitary predators who do not form schools and rarely interact with each other except during mating season. Dolphins are generally smaller than sharks but have more teeth in proportion to body size. 

Because they need them for catching prey underwater instead of one giant bite like sharks do. The two species also differ in where they live. While dolphins live close to shore, sharks inhabit deeper water near coral reefs. Since these two creatures live in different habitats, they are not likely to cross paths. So the question is whether dolphins would win in a fight against sharks.?

It Depends On Size And Species:

If two different shark species attacked each other, they might lose their lives, or one would come out on top. A dolphin isn’t likely to want to tangle with something that could injure them easily. In short, it depends on the species and size of the shark in question. For instance, consider a fight between an orca (sometimes called killer whale) and a great white shark. 

Experts have stated that they would give the edge to the orca. It’s because it is more intelligent with better maneuverability in the water. Sharks are generally bigger than dolphins, but they can come up against a dolphin that has learned tricks like how to defend itself. Using its teeth and fins, then the outcome would be unpredictable.

Sharks Have A Stronger Jaw, But Dolphins Have Sharper Teeth:

Sharks can have more than 2000 teeth, with several rows rotating into place as they wear down. Dolphins have sharp teeth to tear prey apart and swallow it whole. Dolphins are fast swimmers, so they don’t need the same jaw strength as sharks.

Dolphins catch prey by using echolocation. 

Sharks can see their prey underwater because they have adapted to the dark ocean environment where light is faint. Dolphins tend to live in water with more visibility.

Sharks are eaten by larger sharks, whales, and orcas, depending on the species of shark we’re talking about here. Dolphins do not tend to be taken down as often by their prey. At the same time, hunters like killer whales or great white sharks can inflict some serious damage.

Dolphins also have a better sense of hearing:

Both animals use echolocation to navigate their surroundings. But dolphins can hear higher frequencies than sharks because they don’t rely on sound waves alone. Dolphins also see better because they have a higher concentration of rods in their eyes, which are more sensitive to light.

Sharks live for about 25 years. 

Dolphins typically live between 40-50 years, depending on the species. Dolphins also tend to be very social animals living in pods. Sharks can survive pretty much alone, and some even prefer it this way since they get territorial over time. Sharks are generally more aggressive than dolphins due to being solitary creatures until mating season takes place. Both require an ocean habitat with saltwater.

Dolphins live in water that is easier to see than in deeper waters. 

Sharks can swim in much darker ocean depths where there isn’t as much visibility. It’s because their eyes have adapted to the environment over time. Sharks may be stronger with a more powerful jaw and sharper teeth. Dolphins win out due to echolocation and better sight. They also have better hearing senses. Sharks tend to eat larger fish while dolphins stick to smaller prey like squid or shrimp. It depends on their diet of choice, which varies between different individuals. 

Sharks have a larger appetite:

Dolphins can survive on less food than sharks since their bodies are designed for speed. And they need the energy to keep up with prey while hunting at high speeds. Sharks spend more time eating because it takes them longer to digest what they’ve eaten. It’s because their digestion process is slower overall. It makes sense when you think about it.

Dolphins live in warmer waters where fish are plentiful:

Both sharks and dolphins use echolocation to navigate the ocean. With sound waves that bounce back off of objects underwater. While dolphins use teamwork and communication skills for hunting together, sharks only go after prey that is weak or dying. Because they would rather eat smaller fish than hunt down stronger ones. 

When it comes to their eyesight, sharks are more colorblind and rely on their amazing sense of hearing to get around. Both dolphins and sharks are known to get cancer, so it is hard for scientists to say which animal has a stronger immune system. 

Dolphin vs Shark Who Would Win

Dolphins Can Swim Faster Than Sharks:

This could be attributed to the fact that sharks have a cartilaginous skeleton. It is lighter than the bones dolphins have. Sharks are more aggressive, while dolphins seem gentle and playful in the water. It doesn’t mean sharks aren’t curious about other animals or that dolphins don’t get into fights with each other over territory. Both species will fight for their lives if they are attacked.

Both sharks and dolphins have a sense of touch. But it is more developed in the dolphin because it has more nerve endings. Sharks don’t have eyelids, so they can’t blink. It makes their eyes dry out easily after being exposed to saltwater for long periods. Dolphins only close their eyes when they sleep, so their eyes stay moist. 

The Shark’s Skin Is Made Up Of Tough Scales:

It’s kind of a sandpaper texture that keeps them from getting injured when swimming through rocks and coral reefs. At the same time, dolphins are known to have smooth skin that is not as tough as a shark’s outer body scales.

-Dolphins have a natural sonar system that helps them navigate. And hunt for food when their eyesight fails due to poor water quality

-The average lifespan for a dolphin is about 35 years. Although some dolphins have been known to live up to 60 years

-Dolphins are also very friendly animals, and they enjoy the company of other dolphins. They will often play games together and hunt in groups. They protect each other from predators and even help injured pod members.

Sharks Refuse To Work Together:

Dolphins often work together when hunting fish or escaping predators. When one of them alerts the group by making a certain sound, they swim as a unit and move to the same place. If one of them is caught by a shark or needs help, other dolphins can come quickly to its aid if necessary.

On the other hand, sharks are solitary animals that each have their habits and preferences for food sources. This means it’s unlikely they would cooperate with another of their kind. Unless there’s something beneficial from doing so, two sharks might temporarily team-up.

Sharks like the great white and bull shark are known to attack dolphins. On the other hand, sharks prey orcas (sometimes called killer whales). The outcome would be unpredictable in a fight between two different shark species. It depends on their size and experience level. Thus, how likely dolphins are to win against sharks depends on the type of shark.

By Coricia

Marketing manager and co-Chief Editor of Maritime Herald.