Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Quirks and Idiosyncrasies of Dolphins

The time I spent learning about marine mammal training and working at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, FL, forever sealed dolphins as my all-time favorite animals. I was continuously amazed by how complex our dolphins were, and each one's individual traits and characteristics made me realize there is no such thing as a stereotypical dolphin. Just like humans, each animal had its own specific preferences, moods and interaction styles.

I spent every free moment devouring every dolphin book I could find, and I quickly learned how little most people actually know about these charismatic creatures. (Among many others, I highly recommend "To Touch a Wild Dolphin" by Rachel Smolker.)

I was also excited to learn that--like humans--dolphins often enjoying engaging in play for no other reason except that it probably feels good and strengthens social bonds. Here's a great YouTube video taken in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, that depicts an enthusiastic pod of surfing dolphins. Enjoy!


Keya said...

I have to admit, the only thing I really know about dolphins is what I read in Animorphs all those years ago and what I see on television. I'm certainly jealous of you for this experience to interact with such amazing creatures!

K. C. Blake said...

I don't usually follow people who follow me, but I love animals. The theme of your page is cool and fits in so well with what you do. I may need to ask you about a certain animal for a book someday and you can ask me whatever you need to too. Nice to meet you. K. C.

Anita said...

Hey there, Lisa! Great post! And that video is awe inspiring. They're so beautiful and graceful. The part where they were actually swimming next to the surfer was AMAZING!

Thanks for sharing this!

LisaAnn said...

Thanks for your sweet comments, guys! I definitely feel blessed that I happened to be at the right place at the right time in order to land that job. My long-held, Disney-inspired beliefs about dolphins were certainly challenged, but I felt so lucky to be privy to what they were actually like. (Less glamourous, more moody, quirkier and often more silly!)

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