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Remember: A Dolphin Never Forgets

(DOLPHINS/ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) A new study suggests bottlenose dolphins have an extensive social memory that could be the longest in the animal kingdom. The dolphins in the study were able to remember past tank mates from over 20 years ago based on their unique whistles, similar to how humans remember names. The study could raise further ethical issues concerning the holding of these creatures in captivity when their intelligence and social memory is comparable to that of humans. Read on to learn more about this remarkable new research. — Global Animal

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The Someone Project Warns, ‘Think Before You Eat’

(ACTIVISM) Dolphins, dogs, and cats are widely regarded as highly intelligent animals, and garner an abundance of compassion from humans all over the world. However, because other animals don’t have the same luxuries as some of these favored species, the animal-protection and vegan-advocacy organization, Farm Sanctuary, is promoting the intelligence of farm animals, and other animals humans consume on a daily basis. The organization’s campaign, The Someone Project, hopes to encourage people to think about what they’re eating, and aims to start a dialogue about the consumption of sentient beings. Continue reading below to understand The Someone Project’s full goal, and what kind of opposition they’re already facing. — Global Animal

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Look Who’s Talking

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) It looks like Doctor Dolittle might not have been so special after all—as it turns out, animals really can talk! According to a new study, bottlenose dolphins can actually identify the vocal patterns of other dolphins familiar to them. What’s more, scientists have observed variations in these patterns that imply bottlenose dolphins may in fact be sharing additional information with one another. However, this news really comes as no surprise seeing as though dolphins are the second smartest animal in the world—second only to humans. Regardless, this level of communication between species is uncommon and could mean big news for the future understanding of animal communication. Continue reading to find out what scientists believe this could mean for the animal world. — Global Animal

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Chimps Put Human Memory To Shame

(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Evidence is starting to prove that we have seriously underestimated our animal friends’ intelligence as we often test them in ways that work for humans but not with other species. Scientists are finally seeing eye to eye with animals’ intellectual aptitude in both scope and scale while taking into consideration an animal’s anatomy and special abilities. As researchers begin to think about tests from the animal’s perspective, they are finding out that chimps have a better memory than humans among other surprising discoveries. Read on to learn more about how this shift in research is fundamentally reshaping our understanding of animal intelligence. — Global Animal

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Animals That Are Smarter Than People

(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Some animals have certain sets of skills and smarts that are mind-boggling. Mapping out where your family members are by smell? A photographic memory and the ability to recall number sequences? Traversing the world and home again with no guidance but the tip of your beak? These are just some examples of how animals match, or surpass, people with their intelligence. Read on for seven smart animals and why they deserve our respect. — Global Animal

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Dolphins Team Up With Fisherman

(DOLPHINS) BRAZIL — Bottlenose dolphins in southern Brazil have taught themselves to work as a team with artisanal fisherman. The dolphins have been herding schools of fish into the fisherman’s nets, and eating the ones that escape. The fact that the dolphins are doing this without any formal training or previous human contact shows extreme intelligence and cooperation skills on their part. It’s good to see dolphins and humans working together, rather than people harming these amazing animals. Read on for more on these cooperative dolphins. — Global Animal 

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Do Whales Deserve Rights?

(WHALE RIGHTS) CANADA — Following in PETA’s footsteps, scientists are speaking out on behalf of marine mammal rights. Dolphins and whales possess an intelligence and cultural sophistication far more complex than most people know, including having accents and “talking” in their sleep. Studies on large marine mammals in captivity show obvious emotional and physical suffering, which is why researchers believe that dolphins and whales should have certain basic rights. Read on to learn just how smart cetaceans are, and why it’s important to let them live their lives in the wild. — Global Animal

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Dolphins: Smarter Than Your 3-Year-Old?

(ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Dolphins are brilliant — the second smartest beings on the planet. Scientists have just declared that dolphins are so intelligent that they should be treated as “non-human persons.”  As such, to exploit them in amusement parks or slaughter them (remember Taiji?) is as morally atrocious as slavery and torture. Read on to learn the implications of this fascinating and important discovery. — Global Animal

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