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The Amazing Dolphin

Updated on December 17, 2015
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

The Intelligence of Dolphins

Are Dolphins intelligent animals?

Are they capable of feeling compassion and other emotions?

Do they display behaviors that give us a glimpse of incredible thought process and intelligence.

You be the judge as you read through the following reports on the dolphin's intelligence, the human rescues and the amazing behavior that they display. Watch the incredible videos displaying their behavior, then judge for yourself. Are dolphins Intelligent?

The Bottlenose Dolphin

(Photo credit: NASA, public domain)

At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin and the other dolphins in the pool with Kelly have been trained to pick up any litter that flys into the pool. They are supposed to give it to a trainer when they see them and they will be rewarded with food.

Well Kelly would get a piece of paper and hide it under a rock at the bottom until she saw a trainer. Then give it to the trainer to get food. She then took the thought process a little deeper and decided to just tear off a tiny piece at a time and give it to the trainers and get multiple fish for one piece of trash.

One day a gull flew into their pool and she took that to the trainer and received multiple fish. Then she even went deeper into the thought process and learned to entice the gulls into the water with a piece of fish and then take the gulls to the trainer for her reward of multiple fish.

How intelligent is that?

Read the entire article here.


"Believe in porpoises, then."

~ John Lennon (born: 1940-10-09 died: 1980-12-08 at age: 40)

The Common Dolphin

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain - originated from U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

They did another experiment to see if a dolphin would recognize "itself" in a mirror.

They put a large mirror in the Dolphins tank and then drew a "mark" on each of the dolphins to see what they would do.

The dolphins would swim up to the mirror and turn their bodies to see the "mark" that had been drawn on them.

It was concluded that they have a real conscious thought process of their "self". How did they know which side to look at. Most animals will react to a mirror as if they see another of their own kind, but dolphins as so intelligent they seem to know they are looking in the mirror at their own reflection.

Read the entire article here.


"Pushing through green waters

Symbol of joy

You leap from the depths

To touch the sky

Scattering spray

Like handfuls of jewels..."

- Horace Dobbs

The Bottlenose Dolphin

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain, author "babynuke")

In August of 2007 a surfer named Todd Endris was attacked by a Great White Shark. The Great White shark had hit him three times, peeling the skin off his back and mauling his right leg to the bone.

That's when a pod of bottlenose dolphins intervened, forming a protective ring around Endris, allowing him to get to shore, where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life.

The dolphins, which had been cavorting in the surf all along, showed up then. They circled him, keeping the shark at bay, and enabled Endris to get back on his board and catch a wave to the shore.

You can read the entire article from here.

This story was also featured in Readers Digest.


"Diviner than the dolphin is nothing

yet created..."

- Oppian, Halieutica

The Spotted Dolphin

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain, author "NOAA")

October 30th, 2004 three lifeguards went out on a training swim. A group of dolphins swam over to them and started circling them. The group was very confused at the dolphins behavior, they were keeping them in a tight group.

One of the swimmers moved away from the group and looked towards shore and that is when they noticed a large Great White shark about two meters away towards the shore.

They believe the dolphins were protecting the swimmers from the Great White Shark.

Read the entire story at

The Commerson's Dolphin

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain, author "Kirsten Wahlquist")

Of interest...

"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English (up to fifty words used in correct context) [even higher since Sagan died] no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."

~ Carl Sagan (born: 1934-11-09 died: 1996-12-20 at age: 62)

The Dusky Dolphin

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain, author "AllenMcC.")

In a blog written on September 5, 2006, by James Hrynyshyn a science journalist from North Carolina, he relays information about an incident that he had while swimming with the dolphins as a tourist in a place called "Shark Bay". This is a place where the dolphins swim in the wild but have become used to people and allow them to swim with them.

He said the the Park Ranger had warned him about being sure not to touch around the blowhole of any the dolphins because it is a sensitive spot. When his hand accidentally slid close to the blowhole of a dolphin, it smacked him on the shin with its beak and then swam off. He exited the water and moped for about a half and hour before deciding to go in again.

That dolphin seemed to recognize him and left the group of dolphins and swam straight for him fast. She slowed as she neared him then ever so gently rubbed her beak against the very spot she had smacked earlier.

To him she seemed to be saying she was sorry.

You can read his entire blog, which is really interesting at the Island of Doubt, a blog labeled Dolphins, Dolphins, Dophins.

The Amazon River Dolphin

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain, author Dennis Otten)

Pacific White-Sided Dolphins breaching

(Photo credit: wikipedia public domain, author "Captain Budd Christman, NOAA Corps.")

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear your experiences with dolphins, or your conclusions after reading the stories presented here.

What do you think, are dolphins intelligent?

Are dophins compassionate and capable of displaying emotions?


Or just want to leave a comment?

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      mixedworld 5 years ago

      What a Wonderful photos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative and beautiful lens for a beautiful animal!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You guys really need to add this dolphin stampeding video... truly breath taking. It really intrigues me how dolphins live together and have their own community.

      There has to be at least 2000 Dolphins there!!!

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      indigomoth 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Some gorgeous stories here.

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      mermaidlife 6 years ago

      Nice photos. Dolphins are such beautiful creatures anyway. It's hard for them to take a bad photo.

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      Great lens! Dolphins are simply amazing, aren't they? So intelligent! Give them another million years (or less) they'd have dominated the seas like what we did to land ;)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Who wouldn't love these beautiful creatures? This lens has been blessed and added to my animal alphabet lens.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Dolphins are one of my favorites. Very nice lens with beautiful pictures.

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      faridasnawi89 6 years ago

      great one!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this clever lens! love these intelligent creatures! cheers

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Great lens and beautiful dolphin pictures

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Stunning lens about the amazing dolphin, really well done! Faved and lensrolled.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      lovely lens

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      You really made your case here with your stories, videos and gorgeous pictures of dolphins. They are incredible creatures.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. I especially loved reading "Do dolphins have a heart."

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      I love dolphins. They are so intelligent creatures.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Wow! Great lens! I love dolphins! They are one of my favorite animals!

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      Such incredible creatures, your lens is a great resource. I sincerely hope that one day we will be able to truly communicate with them.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Superb trinbute lens to these amazing animals, I am featuring it on Plastic is Death

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      I believe that dolphins are beautiful evolved beings that are here to help us in our evolution...wonderful lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Dolphins are very intelligent and research has shown that. They are beautiful creatures and can really learn fast. I love marine life, fish, dolphins and hope that the planet sustain these creative creatures in spite of the interference of mankind .

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      I came back to finish reading this fascinating lens about a favorite fellow critter--excellent.

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      Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      There is no doubt - dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Dolphins are so very beautiful...and so is this lens. I love everything about it, especially the "Dolphin play bubble rings" video. I never tire of watching it!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love dolphins! You have great stuff on here! Blessed by an angel!

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      Davidfstillwagon 7 years ago

      what a beautiful lens! great job 5*

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      Angela F 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Beautiful lens on one of my favorite creatures. Dolphins are truly the Angels of the Oceans :)

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      I absolutely love this lens!! Dolphins have been one of my favorite animals since I was a child. I find them fascinating! Thanks for all the great stories and information you shared here!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love Dolphins too, and have a Dolphin Gift lens also, but I like your lens way better than I do my own. ~Blessed by a Squid Angel~

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      This is an exceptional lens. I am really impressed by your beautiful presentation. I have to show my twins this lens,we all love dolphins. The stories you shared here are heartwarming. Wonderful! 5* favorite

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      WOW! A beautiful lens *smiles* Just great!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      beautiful lens about one of my favorite species. I have the Talbot Danse print in my office and own several others of his. Very nice!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love your background and border colors and all the great dolphin information and products. This is an awesome lens and I am lensrolling to Our Florida Vacation.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      MarinaKuperman 8 years ago

      Dolphins are a hard animal NOT to love! Funnily enough, we were out in the southern tip of Costa Rica, Osa Peninsula and since it's completely surrounded by water , the thing to do there is get in a boat and go! Every time we went out, we had a welcoming committee of like 10-15 dolphins. it was without a doubt the most magical experience. my son talks about it all the time!

      Fav'd, fived, fanned you:)

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens, and I agree, Dolphins are wonderful. It's the emblem of my hometown in England, Poole. 5***** As Debbie said, we both had a wonderful time at the Dolphin Research Center on Marathon Key last October. Probably one of the best places to see Dolphins in the world and to learn about them.

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      Teddi14 LM 8 years ago

      What an outstanding lens!! I love the pictures. I love allposters too. I found your lens while searching squidoo on Twitter. 5 *'s!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I love their playfulness and intelligence. Swimming with dolphins is definitely something I would put on my bucket list.

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      Indoor_Jungle 8 years ago

      Wow! Nice lens! I love your graphics.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. I saw lots of dolphins of the coast of Gibraltar and Spain last year. Great fun.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      I love dolphin. This is a beautiful lens. 5 stars.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I absolutely adore dolphins. You've done a great job with this lens :)

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Great lens! Poddys and I spent a day at the Dolphin Reseacrh centre at Marathon Key last year. It was amazing watching and learning about these wonderful creatures.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Really enjoyed this lens, dolphins are fascinating animals!

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      JacquelineM LM 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, now I want all the pretty nick knacks you have in here though. LOL

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Beautiful lens for a beautiful animal.

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      topstuff 8 years ago

      Yeah I agree, what a beautiful lens. I would love to swim with dolphins one day, but they are beautiful to see in the wild at our beaches

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Most beautiful lens. I really love animals and dolphins are so beautiful and graceful. Loved the videos and stories. Really wonderful

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      fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

      Ditto! I am amazed at their intelligence and the stories I've read about them. I've learned some neat things on your lens too! 5*****

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great lens! I love dolphins!