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Living Things: The Dolphin Essay

616 words - 3 pages

Dolphins are one of the most intelligent marine mammals. They have a friendly form and play full character. I'm going to compare and contrast social groups, cooperation and the intelligence of dolphins in the wild and captivity.
Many people said that dolphins are extremely social creatures and actually seem to depend on this interaction while hunting, mating and defending themselves and their groups. Dolphins consume a variety of prey including fish, squid and crustaceans. It is really a large amount of food. Typically, dolphins live and travel in groups. Research has also shown dolphin groups as large as several hundred members. (Dolphins-world, 2014) Dolphins live in such big social groups of five to several hundred. So when a group of wild dolphins find something to eat, they will use their special communication ways to tell other dolphins .They use echolocation to find prey and often hunt together by surrounding a ...view middle of the document...

They're also known to be very friendly to humans. Also, they always help people who are in trouble. When people are sailing, they can always see dolphins around their ships. It has enormous possibilities to meet some dangers when sailing as well as swimming and suffering. At that time, the dolphins will help humans first. In 2004, a group of swimmers were confronted by a nearly ten-foot great white shark off the northern coast of New Zealand. A group of dolphins "herded" them together, circling them until the great white fled. Until those people were safe, the dolphins left. (Dolphins Rescuing Humans, 2014)This is enough to show that the dolphins are really friendly to humans.
Dolphins are very intelligent. Due to their intelligence, people always train some dolphins to do tricks, especially in the SeaWorld. Dolphins can follow the directives which are sent by the trainer. When they do well, they will get some fish as rewards. But in the wild, they cooperate to hunt their prey. And after the trick show, the visitors will have about ten minutes to play with the dolphins. Dolphins will interact with visitors, and have intimate contact with them. Sometimes, dolphins even will kiss the visitors.
All in all, the dolphins live these two conditions have their special living styles. Although they have their own living style, all of these behaviors embody the dolphins' intelligent and friendly character. But I think the dolphins in the wild world have a better ability of living than the dolphins in the Aquariums.

Reference list

Dolphin Information (2014) , dolphins-world [online]. Available at: [Accessed 26 March 2016]

Dolphin Information (2014) , dolphins-world [online]. Available at: [Accessed 26 March 2016]

Dolphin Information (2014) , Dolphins Rescuing Humans [online]. Available at: [Accessed 26 March 2016]

Information on Dolphins: Behavior and Habitat, Captain Seaweed Charters, Inc. [online], Available at: [Accessed 26 March 2016]

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