Dolphin Fact #3: Some scientists believe that dolphins may actually be the second smartest animals.

Dolphins are famously intelligent, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to most that humans and dolphins have very similar sized brains. However, it may come as a surprise that scientists are now considering the idea that dolphins may actually come second only to humans in intelligence! Dolphins actually possess skills and abilities previously only ascribed to humans.

Leading dolphin expert Lori Marino believes that these new findings suggest that the keeping of dolphins in captivity for marine park shows, dolphin-assisted therapy and other forms of captivity “are potentially psychologically harmful to dolphins and present a misinformed picture of their natural intellectual capacities.”.

Marino actually brought up dolphin drives, and spoke of the cases of dolphins becoming so panicked they die of heart attacks, or exhaustion from attempting to escape. Marino said “The scientific evidence on dolphin sensitivities reveals that they are vulnerable to trauma and suffering when forced to live in the confined context of marine parks,”.

When will both the fishermen who partake in the dolphin drives and those who keep dolphins in captivity realise that it simply isn’t humane to keep animals of this intelligence in captivity?

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Dolphin Fact #2: Dolphins have names for each other.

Studies show that dolphins actually recognize each other by name, rather than “tone of voice”, and can even recognise names when the sound is produced by an unfamiliar voice.

Dolphins are highly complex and intelligent animals, and often prefer to spend time with particular individuals. Each dolphin has it’s own signature whistle, helping dolphins to identify each other.

How can people think it is humane to keep animals so similar emotionally and in intelligence to humans trapped in captivity?

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deep-tranquility:

Surfers, dolphin style :)

deep-tranquility:

Surfers, dolphin style :)

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woodenickels:

Taken by me.
Cancun, Mexico

woodenickels:

Taken by me.

Cancun, Mexico

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