Dolphins. Making bubble rings. Learning from each other.

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    Mar 18, 2009 7:12 AM GMT
    This cool video highlights a play activity started by one dolphin a few years ago that was learned by others in its tank. I find it startling. The caretakers don't know what to make of it, and the skill and spontaneous invention this shows poses questions about dolphins' position in this planet's hierarchy of intelligence. We all knew dolphins were smart, right? This is more than just smart.

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    Mar 18, 2009 7:40 AM GMT
    LOL. That's absolutely astonishing! And the permasmile on dolphins is always so damn cute. icon_razz.gif And yes they learn. Clans of dolphins have distinct 'traditions', including putting sponges on the tip of their noses to protect it while browsing the ocean floor. It's learned behavior, not instinctive. And the complexity of the 'play' activities of animals (or if they engage in any at all) is always a clue on their intelligence. Which brings to mind the question. Are we the most intelligent species on earth? icon_razz.gif



    And don't forget your towel!
  • Matia79

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    Mar 18, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    I've always been amazed by dolphins...but that's just INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks for sharing.
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    Mar 18, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    Yes, it's so strange to me, keeping dolphins as pets, in zoos, or EATING them. I think we should be talking about, I dunno, a treaty with them or something.

    I wonder if there's any headway in developing translations. I doubt their language is as sophisticated as ours, but I hope someday we meet their Zira.
  • Rookz

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    Mar 18, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    Dolphins are amazing creatures for not only their appearance but also their intelligence. And their personality is so upbeat it’s infectious! icon_biggrin.gif

    So Mickey, when are you gonna blow bubbles for us?