Category Archives: Dolphins

Dolphin Friends

The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), with the aid of intensive photo-ID surveys, has proven that dolphins do in fact make friends. Association patterns of more than 200 dolphins were examined over six and one half years. This unparalleled study found definite preference and avoidance behavior. That’s a fancy way of saying that the dolphins make friends. A unique facet of the research was the proximity finding. The dolphins have a tendency to let geography dictate their friendships. Stevetastic says it’s much like a small town versus a large city, dolphins keep a more compact social network the narrower the channel and a wider social network the wider the channel. In a social species, this social memory (remembering others) is imperative and understudied. This study provides badly needed insight into dolphin organization and social groups, along with added knowledge regarding how they interact with their environment and each other.