The Intelligence of Dolphins

Fascinating new research on dolphins shows that our sea mammal friends could possibly be far more intelligent than we once thought. For example, dolphins apparently have a very well developed sense of play:

At a dolphinarium, a person

standing by the pool’s window noticed that a dolphin calf was watching

him. When he released a puff of smoke from his cigarette, the dolphin

immediately swam off to her mother, returned and released a mouthful of

milk, causing a similar effect to the cigarette smoke. Another dolphin

mimicked the scraping of the pool’s observation window by a diver, even

copying the sound of the air-demand valve of the scuba gear while

releasing a stream of bubbles from his blowhole.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.