How Smart Is a Dolphin?
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Part One: The Smartest of Us All?
"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!"
The famous message they left us in the sci-fi movie.
How Smart Are Dolphins?
What one scientist learned about them. It's amazing.
Dolphins or Humans: Who's Smarter?
Here are some of the facts. You decide.
Dolphin Society and Culture
How they live, learn, play and use their amazing echolocation.
They're Super-Brainy, Too
Neuroscientist shows us a dolphin brain.
More Fascinating Stuff
The Great Researcher
Prof. Lou Herman taught us most of what we know. (Check out the videos.)
A Society that Works
Dolphin society is more successful than ours.
Are Dolphins "Persons"
Author Tom White explains what a "person" is.
Life and Culture
Their lives, games and gatherings.
How Smart is a Dolphin?
The processing power of their brains is huge.
Experimenting on Dolphins
Should we still be doing it? "Please don't ask me," says scientist who does it.
My Visit to the Dolphins
"A beautiful creature with liquid eyes was gazing up at me as we motored along."
Other Links & Videos
Mirror Self-Recognition Test
How we know that dolphins are self-aware.
David Attenborough on Surfing
Spinner Dolphins with Humans
A Dolphin "Stampede"
And Another One!
And Riding the Bow Wave
Playing with Bubble Rings
Dancing in Tahiti
The Herman Investigation
The results that ended his research.
The Minds of Whales
A scientific paper about the brains of cetaceans.
Next: Part 2: The Business of Dolphins
Posted May 5, 2010, by MichaelMountain
Fascinating interview, all of it. Wanted to comment on the last bit in particular, about appropriate ways to expose children to dolphins. I agree with Dr. Marino completely! When I was six or seven, I was obsessed with dolphins and other marine mammals, much the way a lot of kids that age are fascinated by dinosaurs, actually. I wanted so badly to see and "meet" one. We visited Sea World, but to be honest, I barely remember it. I do remember being able to touch dolphins in a shallow tank, but I felt badly for them because I'd read they didn't like shallow water, and disappointed in the experience because touching them didn't lead to any sort of connection with them. It wasn't "meeting" them, it was just touching their bodies while they were forced to allow it. The animals seemed more like display objects than the sentient beings I felt they were, and I remember going home disappointed. What I remember much more clearly is when we visited Cape Cod and went on a whale-watching tour. That whole experience is etched in my mind, from the exciting question, "Will we really be lucky enough to see a whale in all that ocean?" to actually seeing a mother and baby Humpback swim right up beside the boat, almost as if to say "hi." As if they had, in fact, singled us out and wanted to meet us! Plus, being that age, I was completely fascinated when the baby whale peed in the water! Well, anyway, for me, at least, as a young child, whale-watching was a much more meaningful and educational experience than visiting a marine park. Through the years as I've thought over those twin experiences, and later ones at zoos, with pets and out in the woods, I've come to believe that an appreciation for nature can only be encouraged IN NATURE. Animals taken out of nature and placed in captivity for display are, by necessity, objectified, and by definition, unnatural. Seeing them that way only encourages children to think of them that way.