Dolphin Behavior, Almost Human?

· November 2, 2018
The incredible intelligence of these cetaceans is so great that they are able to make decisions, and have similar behavior to that of humans

Dolphins are beautiful and intelligent animals and have always been admired by humans. Several studies and research have been done on dolphin behavior, and some amazing things have been discovered. Do you want to know what they are?

Strange Dolphin Behavior

Studies that have been done on dolphins, whales, and porpoises have shown that they have human-like behavior. This appears to have a relation to the size of their brains. To come to these conclusions, they collected information on 90 different species of dolphins, whales, and porpoises. Let’s see what they have found.

These are the dolphin behaviors that are similar to those of humans:

They work together for mutual benefit

Dolphins are always in groups. They’re social animals and aren’t afraid to depend on the group for mutual benefit. They work together and everyone benefits from each other. Whether it be traveling together, looking for food or taking care of each other.

Sharing knowledge to future generations

When new members arrive in the family, the older ones, regardless of whether it’s their parents or other members of the pod, teach them hunting techniques. Dolphins also teach them how to use several tools that can be found around the ocean in order to help them hunt.

They hunt in groups

They say that there’s strength in numbers, and this is a lesson that the dolphins have learned. Whenever they go hunting, they do it in groups in order to have a guaranteed success. Afterward, they have no problem sharing what they have hunted with the entire group. If there isn’t enough food to satisfy everyone’s hunger, they’ll continue hunting.

Dolphins swimming in a pod

They talk among themselves

Everyone knows that dolphins emit peculiar sounds that help them communicate. They use these sounds to talk to each other. Also, depending on the region they live in, these sounds may be different.

Exclusive Whistles

In addition to the general dolphin language, each one of these animals has a characteristic whistle that allows them to differentiate themselves from each other. You could say it’s like their way of identifying each other.

Maternal Instinct

If dolphins find little ones that aren’t their own, they tend to take care of them, just like humans do. This is a very interesting trait that isn’t seen in many other species.

Cooperate with other species

They like to interact with other species and can even work together with in order to get food. Also, they like to participate in other activities; in short, they like to make friends.

They like to play

No matter how old they are, they love to play with the little ones or with each other. This shows that dolphins need to do more than just swim. They require an active and enjoyable lifestyle that makes them feel happy. 

Happy dolphins

All of these behaviors are very similar to our own and — as mentioned earlier — have a lot to do with the size of their brains, which are exceptionally large.

So, it has been shown that whales and dolphins are extremely intelligent creatures and they’re the species whose intelligence and behavior are closest to those of humans and primates. One of the coauthors of the study that came to this conclusion said:

“Cetaceans have many complex social behaviors that are similar to humans and other primates. However, their brain structure is different than ours, which leads some researchers to argue that whales and dolphins couldn’t achieve greater cognitive and social skills. I think our research clearly shows that it’s not like that, but it brings up a new question: how can very diverse patterns of brain structure, in very different species, give rise to very similar cognitive and social behaviors?” -Kieran Fox

It’s obvious that the shape of their body hinders their ability to achieve many of the advances that we have made. However, we don’t know how far their intelligence could go. What we do know is that they’re a very intelligent species.