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Posted January 8, 2010 by Marta Holmberg

OK, so probably not (wouldn’t that be sweet though?), but dolphins really are smart, second only to humans in intelligence according to a new study.


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This study revealed that the brain cortex of dolphins has the same complicated folds associated with human intelligence and has the scientific community buzzing (and us regular people status updating like crazy!). Thomas White, professor of ethics at Loyola Marymount University, recommends that dolphins, (i.e. “nonhuman persons”) be given the same moral standing as humans. PETA couldn’t agree more! And since we wouldn’t force our relatives to live in tanks, PETA is writing a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service, asking that they stop issuing permits allowing dolphins to be captured and used as attractions at theme parks and resort hotels.

Dolphins think, plan, and communicate with one another. They’re thoughtful, have distinct personalities, and a strong sense of self. Sounds a lot like, well … pretty much everyone I know. In the wild dolphins spend their entire lives in large groups, so removing them from their natural communities is traumatizing, often resulting in stress-related illnesses and premature death. They deserve to be treated better.

What do you think of this new finding?

Marta
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  • 1686 days ago

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    i love dolphins there so amazing and smart i think its so intelligent of them for there actions :)

  • 1688 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    lover of animals

  • 1935 days ago

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    awwwwwwwwwwwww

  • 2032 days ago

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    Many animals are smarter than most people give them credit for. Pigs have the intelligence of an average 3-year old human, you would slaughter a child for food so why do we still do it to pigs?

  • 2032 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i always knew dolphins were awesome ^.^

  • 2033 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ohhh~ I just love dolphins… My sister watched wild ones jump together in a group… I wish all of the dolphins in the world were free like that.

  • 2033 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think it’s really cool.

  • 2033 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I agree!
    Scientists say dolphins should be treated as ‘non-human persons’ >> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/article6973994.ece

  • 2033 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this made me very happy:] i read this earlier during school and didn’t have the time to reply, but still it made me very happy and brightened my whole day.
    plus they’re cute too.

  • 2033 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is so awesome! 😀

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