Why dolphins have long intestines even though they don't eat plants?

Generally speaking, carnivores have short intestines while herbivores have long ones.

And dolphins eat fish which is easy to digest.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Dophins are not the ony carnivores with long intestines, sea lions and seals also have very long intestines. Dolphins are not closely related to seals and sea lions, so it appears they all have long intestines because they both live in the sea. Something similar in the lifestyle of both groups require long intestines.

    Perhaps the long small intestine helps the animals in metabolizing water from their food. These sea animals do not drink, but they obtain their water entirely from their food. Since the small intestine is the organ that absorbs water in the human body, it may serve a similar function in dolphins, seals and sea lions. Instead of absorbing water directly as humans do, the small intestine may be absorbing water from the food that is being metabolized.

    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/1225679...

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Do Dolphins Eat Plants

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they can't make spit.

    Source(s): Discovey kids ultimate guide to the awsome.
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  • 1 decade ago

    simple answer- because they were made that way!

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