Did you know that SeaWorld Orlando has a Dolphin Nursery?
Curiosity is a sign of intelligence. Watch a group of baby dolphins transfixed by a couple of squirrels wandering outside the dolphin tank.
In the video below, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry points out other signs of the high intelligence of dolphins:
- Large brains, only second in size to humans’.
- Mirror self-recognition: Dolphins recognize themselves in their reflections in mirrors.
- Ability to learn vocally (see the video at the end of this post).
- Ability to problem-solve, demonstrated in intelligence tests.
- Ability to read and understand signs.
- Ability to invent and play games.
- Ability to improvise and invent feeding strategies (ways to find fish) depending on their environment.
- Social cooperation.
On dolphins learning vocally to “speak” English words: