So long, and thanks for all the fish.

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.”

ADAMS, D. (1979) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Chapter 23. Great Britain: Pan Books.

I recently wrote a short essay assessing the extent of bottlenose dolphin communication and cognitive skills. I have always been fascinated by animal behaviour, especially cetacean intelligence. This quote from Douglas Adam’s ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy‘ is particularly relevant (despite its fictional context) because of the controversy and exaggeration stemming from research, differing opinions, and media coverage.

Read the full argument here:

An insight into the extent of communication in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

On a similar note; how can we condone the captivity of such intelligent animals? Confined to tiny tanks when, in the wild, they migrate hundreds of miles each day – seems inhumane doesn’t it? If you agree then take the pledge and #dontbuyaticket.

For more information:

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

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