Dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures. They are capable of a level of thinking that was once thought to be unique only to humans.
According to Whale and Dolphin Conservation:
“In the case of humans… rather than just passing on generic skills, each individual is able to educate others based upon their own experience. In this type of individual learning, we thought we were alone.
We are not. Research and observations in recent years have revealed that whales and dolphins not only have the ability to learn as individuals, but those individuals can then pass their new knowledge onto others. This is a rare intelligence in the animal kingdom.”
Dolphins use their superior intelligence for lots of things including socializing, play, migrating, breeding, and acquiring food. We generally think of dolphins as adorable, friendly animals, but they are actually very efficient hunters.
We’re used to seeing dolphins in captivity, where they do tricks for food. Or, they are in conservation parks where their food is provided for them. But, dolphins in the wild have to hunt for themselves.
Because they are so smart, they don’t waste energy by chasing their food down. In addition, dolphins are incredibly social animals, so they work together to catch thei food. Then, they enjoy a delicious family meal.
A group of dolphins was captured on camera catching some fish using a method that this group of dolphins may have passed down for generations.
The dolphins can be seen using their tails to stir up mud from the ocean floor. At first, it’s difficult to see why. Then, we can see that the dolphins have used the mud to make a “net”, trapping all of the fish inside. The only way the fish can escape is to jump out. Waiting on the outside, ready to snatch them up, are the hungry dolphins!
Watch them in the video below:
Watching these dolphins work together and use their brilliant minds to catch food in a unique way is really neat. Please like and share to show how smart these animals are!