Dolphins Live Highly Complex Lives

Bottlenose dolphin

While researchers have known for years that dolphins are extremely intelligent, they were viewed as being less intelligent than chimps.  New behavioral studies suggest that dolphins, especially species like the bottlenose, are brighter than chimps.  One behavioral study found that dolphins could recognize themselves in a mirror, while another found they could learn a simple symbol-based language.  Other studies found that dolphins can engage in complex problem-solving and that wild dolphins have a sophisticated social life.  This combination of factors has led some to suggest that dolphins should be granted rights and treated as “non-human persons.”

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One Comment on “Dolphins Live Highly Complex Lives”


  1. i’ve met many wild dolphins – they are certainly ‘persons’ in my experience – wonderful dance partners, too!
    http://www.dolphin-dance.org


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