Redux: Dolphins–Largely Unexceptional

There is a hyper-intelligent mammal in the oceans with whom we might communicate if only we were a more empathetic and patient species. This is the unspoken assumption behind most coverage I see of dolphins. But since 2013, when I read the book reviewed below, I view those ideas in a completely different light. One […] …

Redux: Dolphins–Largely Unexceptional

Like you, dolphins also appear to enjoy watching television

Mindlessly watching TV is a pastime enjoyed by many humans, and it seems dolphins are into it too.
Researchers at the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder in Key Largo, Florida, played videos on a TV screen through underwater windows for a small sample of 11 bottlenose and five rough-toothed dolphins.
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As detailed in a subsequent study published in Zoo Biology, the team played scenes from Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth featuring other cetaceans, as well as clips from the nature series without any animals, plus some Spongebob Squarepants for…

Like you, dolphins also appear to enjoy watching television