A marine biologist uses an underwater scooter to attract a group of young spotted dolphins, testing the boundaries of their play. For a long time, biologists thought that playtime was a functionless activity. But now we know it’s a way for young animals to develop their bodies–and in the case of spotted dolphins, a valuable way to reinforce bonds.
In the summer of 2013, dolphin researcher Nicole Danaher-Garcia spotted something rare and remarkable in the animal world. As she stood on top of the bridge of a sport fishing yacht near Bimini in the Bahamas, she spied 10 adult Atlantic spotted dolphins she had never seen before—speeding into the waters of another group of … Lees meer