Is there anyone who would dare say that dolphins are not among the most wonderful and intriguing animals in the whole world? There is no way someone can’t find them as loving being! Least of all, if they’ve ever had a real live one close to them.
Interacting with these animals can be an unforgettable experience, something you’ve surely dreamed of, after all, excursions that include them are among the most sought after by tourists. This is only made better when it happens in a paradisiacal placer. Taking a swim with dolphins in Jamaica will never be the same as swimming in a pool in the middle of a big city.
The experience of being with them, touching them and interacting with them is not all there is to experience. Watching the complex and unique relationship and interactions of these animals and their trainers is also wonderful. The chemistry between them is something you can almost feel in the air. You will soon find that, even at times, you will be able to feel that there is a superhuman connection, almost as if they were siblings of other species.
Incredibly special animals
According to science, there is a main quality that differentiates us from animals, our ability to have a conscience and to reason. But many experts are working on the possibility that dolphins may be second to us humans. They might be the closest species to humans in this matter.
It is also believed that there are between 30 and 40 different species of dolphins and that they all stand out for their intelligence and ability to communicate with each other. Another interesting fact is that, together with human beings, they are the only species that have sexual relations for pleasure and not by instinct.
But that’s not all. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about dolphins. They will definitely make you love them. Are you ready?
1. They can recognize themselves in the mirror
Very few animals have this ability. Generally, when you place a dog or a cat in front of a mirror, they react in a social way, that is, they think it is another animal in front of them. Dolphins, on the other hand, can recognize themselves in this reflection. Other animals that can do so are monkeys, magpies, elephants and horses.
2. Breathing is a voluntary act
Like humans, dolphins are conscious of their breathing and carry it out by “choice”. This makes them the only animals capable of letting themselves die voluntarily, although it is very rare.
3. Super-developed intelligence
According to studies, a dolphin can become as intelligent as a 10-year-old child, which is unimaginable for other species.
4. They never sleep at all
Listen carefully because this is something incredible. These mammals have the ability to divide their brain activity, that is, they alter their brain hemispheres to rest. That is why when they sleep, they always do it with one eye open.
5. Hatchlings stay attached to their parents for a very long time.
These marvelous creatures could not be more like us. They are one of the few species where the offspring remain almost dependent on their parents for so long, from 3 to even 8 years!
Another point to love these splendid mammals is their ability to help with the cognitive learning in children with Down syndrome or other physical and mental deficiencies. They are also used to help improve, motor skills, reduces muscle and bone pain, and strengthens the immune system by sharing swimming sessions.
There is really no debate, these are almost magical animals and they deserve all our admiration. Have you ever wanted to run out and hug one of them? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, we’ve all had that urge when we learned about their qualities.
On your next vacation, you can’t miss the experience of swimming with dolphins. Choose your destination. Get your tickets, pack your suitcase with your beachwear, sunscreen and cool clothes, and make the visit to these animals a mandatory stop in your travel. Get ready to make this dream come true. We guarantee you that it’ll be something you will never forget.