In This Town, Humans And Dolphins Work Together To Put Dinner On The Table

Dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures. The ocean-dwelling mammals are pretty much the people of the deep, blue sea, so it makes sense that a group of bottlenose dolphins have teamed up with fishermen in the Brazilian town of Laguna to keep each party equally happy with their haul of the day.

A group of about 20 dolphins in the area have chosen to work with the humans.

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While other dolphins hunt on their own, these guys seem to prefer the symbiotic relationship.

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Scientists believe that the behavior must be passed from the mothers of this group down to their calves…

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Similar to the way the fishermen teach their children to work with the dolphins.

The men and women of Laguna can recognize each individual dolphin by its markings.

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They even have names for them!

The dolphins use special signals — like a language — to let the fishermen know when and where to cast their nets.

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The water is murky, and casting nets would be more like a guessing game than a precise practice.

Incredibly, their combined efforts have been going on for over 120 years.

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Other collaborative human-animal relationships like this are very rare…

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And they aren’t usually this mutually beneficial; most often the benefits are weighed heavily to one side or the other.

But in this instance, both sides win.

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The fishermen don’t need to necessarily divide their spoils with the dolphins, because the fish swimming away from the nets head right into the dolphins’ mouths.

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But there’s no real rhyme or reason to it…

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The dolphins show up to fish whenever they feel like it, often leaving the men hanging with their nets.

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See the amazing relationship for yourself:

It’s amazing that something like this even happens in the first place, let alone that it’s been going on for such a long time. These sure are some truly incredible animals.

Sources

Australia for Dolphins, Oddity Central



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