They talk to each other. They name their babies. They use tools, play, gossip and mourn. They are
self-aware, recognizing themselves in a mirror, and altruistic, racing to protect other animals in
distress like a squad of marine first responders. They communicate with each other, and some have
regional accents and dialects. New science is suggesting that dolphins’ echolocation skills allow them
to project an ‘auditory image’ to other members of their group – essentially a hologram of what they
All this has been possible thanks to all of the scientist and associations that have helped us
Cetaceans appeared about 50 M years ago, making them one of the oldest mammal species on earth, since then, they evolved to become a marine animal and the most gracious and intelligent creature in the animal kingdom.
Hunting might resume more broadly
The admiration for these animals has been represented over centuries in our culture, Ancient Mediterranean people gave dolphins the delicate role of carrying souls to their new life after death. These “carriers of souls” roles were probably related to their instinctive tendency to help and rescue men at the sea.
But that admiration didn’t give us the tools to understand them, perhaps the only reason why humans are considered the only intelligent species is because we never fully understood or even considered a higher intelligence or simply a different type of intelligence.
In a way cetaceans are similar to humans, they experience emotions in similar ways to us, and they also have the need of a social organization. Cooperation is one of the most important abilities for any social species. From hunting, breeding, and child-rearing, it has allowed many animals (including humans) to survive and thrive. As we better understand the details on how animals work together, researchers have been focusing on the degree of cooperation and the cognitive abilities required for such activity.