Dolphin Intelligence

From: Kim Marshall-Tilas (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Date: Mon May 20 2002 - 10:38:05 EDT


Question:
> Hi, my name is Samantha Hayward, I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade.
> My class is putting together a magazine about the oceans and its creatures. I
> would like to ask you a question if you don't mind. "How do Dolphins show
> their intelligence?" Thank you for your help!
>
> Reply:
> Dear Samantha,
> Dolphins have large brains just as humans do but it is hard to base
> intelligence on brain size so we look at other factors to determine
> intelligence. One of these factors is how dolphins socialize. Most dolphins
> gather in small or large groups to form a community where they hunt together,
> cooperate to herd their prey, and even help each other when in danger etc.
> They communicate through a mix of sound and body movements. Dolphin calves
> stay with their mothers from 3-6 years and during this time the mother is very
> protective of her calf. Female dolphins serve as ³aunties² to help protect
> the calves from any danger. Dolphins love to play by leaping and jumping or
> with things they find in the water. They have a special ability called sonar
> or echolocation that helps that navigate and find things in the water.
>
> Make sure you explore WhaleNet for more information about dolphins and try
> going to www.dolphins.org.
>
> Good luck with your project.
> Kim
>



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