Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

dolphinsdolphins

Wild Dolphins Observed Bringing Gifts to Human Swimmers

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

If you take a trip down to Australia’s Tangalooma Island Resort, you might find yourself accepting a gift in the form of a dead fish from a generous dolphin.

A new study by Bonnie J. Holmes and David T. Neil details 23 instances of wild dolphins bringing gifts to humans in the water. While the gifts might not be items of particular interest to people (dead eels, squid, tuna, etc.) the strange and wonderful idea of a wild species entering into a gift-giving relationship with a particular group of humans is pretty incredible.

Since 1992 dolphins near the resort have been offered fish by staff at dusk. In a reciprocal behavior, this is the time that dolphins have, on occasion, brought gifts to give back to the staff members. The abstract for the study considers a variety of possibilities for the reasons behind the gifts “including prey sharing, play, and teaching behaviors, which have previously been described for cetaceans and other higher mammals.”

As Tree Hugger notes, felines have also been known to bring dead prey to the doorstep of their human friends, and many primates are known for their sharing. This version of dolphin gift-giving seems almost more like a potluck meal. The dolphins just doing their part to make the nightly meal a more communal experience.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments
shutterstock_492480847

A Lonely Vegans Guide To Christmas (A Parody)

You’ll need pepper spray, silly-string, flash grenades, rope, and the words to “all I want for Christmas (is a vegan world)” memorised.

shutterstock_253648159

Cashback On “Premature Slaughter”

You may be eligible to claim up to $30 due to your friendly neighbourhood dairy industry “prematurely slaughtering” cattle.

shutterstock_530219830

The £5 Note That Keeps On Giving

The added irony with the £5 note situation is that tallow is a slaughterhouse byproduct, in no way different to the byproducts used in roads, houses, plastics, etc