Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesNo one has ever been able to fully measure the intelligence of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but evidence continues to mount that it is impressive. Consider Kelly, a dolphin formerly housed at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi. She was trained to keep her outdoor tank clean. If she brought a piece of litter to her trainer, she was awarded with a fish.The enterprising Kelly figured out that if she wedged a single piece of litter under a stone and ripped it into multiple pieces, she would receive more fish. She then determined that she could increase the amount of “litter” in the tank by using the earned fish as bait to catch unwary birds. She subsequently taught these clever strategies to her calf.   Dolphins like Kelly, along with whales and porpoises, all engage in sophisticated behaviors that tend to be mostly associated with humans. They live in tightly knit social groups, have complex relationships, communicate with each oth

Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects - much like human societies.

Mon 16 Oct 17 from Phys.org

Big brains come with big social groups in whales and dolphins

Do social pressures cause the evolution of big brains? The debate is ongoing.

Fri 20 Oct 17 from Ars Technica

The brains of cetaceans and primates share features that are rarely found elsewhere in nature.

Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesNo one has ever been able to fully measure the intelligence of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but evidence continues to mount that it is ...

Wed 18 Oct 17 from Discovery News

Big-brained cetaceans have “marine-based cultures” similar to those of humans, study reveals

They only need thumbs to rule the oceans!

Tue 17 Oct 17 from ZME Science

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than ...

Mon 16 Oct 17 from Reuters

Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures

The team led by the University of Manchester compiled information on 90 different species of dolphins, whales, and porpoises and found they form complex relationships like humans (stock image). ...

Mon 16 Oct 17 from Daily Mail

Whales, dolphins form 'human-like' societies and cultures, scientists say

Whale and dolphin societies are rich, complex and remarkably 'human-like,' scientists argue in a new paper published this week.

Mon 16 Oct 17 from UPI

Whales, Dolphins Have Rich 'Human-like' Cultures and Societies

NewsWhales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects - much like human societies. Contributed ...

Mon 16 Oct 17 from Laboratory Equipment

Whale behaviour linked to brain size

Sperm whale has the largest brain on Earth

Tue 17 Oct 17 from The Hindu

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