Whales and dolphins have culture, live in societies, and even play!
Whales and dolphins are intelligent, social mammals, just like us. They socialize, communicate, play, live in families, and pass on knowledge to their children and their friends.
Like us, whales and dolphins are intelligent beings, capable of experiencing pleasure and suffering pain.
Many live in complex social groups, communicate in different dialects, pass on culture through generations, engage in play and even grieve the loss of family and friends.
Understanding and appreciating this social complexity is essential to ensure that whale and dolphin populations not only survive, but thrive.
How much do we really know about them?
Scientists around the world are constantly surprised by whales and dolphins, the complexity of their social lives, and their incredible communication skills and intelligence.
We have so much to learn – about these amazing individuals, and about compassion for the other species with which we share our blue planet.
There is clear scientific evidence that, like humans, some whales and dolphins are highly intelligent:
- Many socialize and live in complex societies
- Some exhibit play behaviour, which may help them learn key skills, or may even just be fun
- There is evidence that some species grieve for their dead
- Some species have cultural ways of behaving, which they pass on to their offspring and their peers.
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