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Dolphins, like whales and like humans, are mammals. They breathe air, have warm blood and nurse their young.

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25th May 2021

Dolphins, like whales and like humans, are mammals. They breathe air, have warm blood and nurse their young.

Around 50 million years ago they were four-footed land animals sharing a common ancestry with hippos and deer.

They are highly intelligent. At some stage, they learnt that life was much easier in another world, the water world, where food was more plentiful than on land, and where there was less competition and fewer predators.

So they evolved to live in water, developing a highly sophisticated echolocation system to find food.

They are intensely sociable, curious and playful and communicate extensively. They go with the flow and live effortlessly with nature. They have empathy, help sick pod mates by supporting them to the surface so they can breathe, and females are loving mothers devoted to their offspring. For years they have been known to protect and save humans from drowning and from sharks.

They are capable of mirror self-recognition, a primary indicator of self-awareness. They do occasionally show very violent psychotic behaviour, but this rare savagery pales in comparison with the brutality of so-called ‘human’ beings who are their greatest enemy, killing millions of dolphins while fishing tuna. There is a great need of significant reforms and enforcement to limit this slaughter of these beautiful, amazing and extraordinary souls. We must learn to work with, protect and nurture nature, not destroy the environment in which we all depend so totally…

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