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Learning from Dolphins

 

 

While dolphin research is still in its infancy, the wealth of information that we may one day learn from these magnificent creatures is unimaginable. One lesson that we can learn from these gentle souls is community and family.  In the world of the dolphin, members care for and protect each other, they are all intelligent social mammals. Dolphins are creatures of socialization just as we are they are the only other mammal who have pleasure when being intimate with their mate. It can keep the male around the female and offspring reinforcing the intimate social bond that can form large social structure that may help in overall survival. In today's hectic, dog eat dog world, the dolphin community may just offer a few lessons that we should take the time to learn from.

 

In the 50s there was more connection to family, friends and neighbours  There's a saying in our culture that suggests “it takes a village to raise a child”  Today, however, morals and values are not always the same and can be almost nonexistent.  Technology continues to contribute to the breakdown of our families, communities and our society as a whole. Many  grandparents go to Florida for the winter and may not live close enough to see their grandchildren. With the global world where it is today families move further  and further apart.

 

As human beings, maybe it's time that we take a look back at how we have evolved and consider instead returning to the way of the dolphin. Rather than spreading farther and farther from each other, the answer to our problems is perhaps instead, to come closer. The pod concept that protects dolphins, could very well be the ideal that could protect our families. We need to socialize more, as our population ages we can lose contact with each other,  feel isolated,  loneliness and depression can set in.

 

Our generation today connects more on the internet and i-phones you don't really know who they are corresponding with. They can pretend to be whoever you want them to be and can tell you what you want to here, there is no real closeness. It's easier to talk to a stranger or someone you think cares about you rather than communicate with your loved ones.   

 Our younger generation are not socializing like we did when we were young they are losing their social skills.  They are distracted by their i-phones, they may be in the room but they are not really their they tune out and are addicted to social media it's more important to them.  They can be easily  preyed upon, through all the new technology they are exposed to. It's fighting for parents, it is a different world we live into day and sometime that simple life seemed so much safer and people looked out for each other.

 Dolphins, however, are cooperative and playful, their inner societies or pods exist under extremely dangerous conditions because of the closeness and support the dolphin members offer to one another. Dolphins, often live in a three-dimensional world filled with dangers, including the sharks with their legendary sense of smell. When the female dolphin gives birth blood and other birth fluids will draw predators. So how do mother dolphins keep themselves and their babies safe?

Dolphin OB/GYN:

After eleven or twelve months, depending on the species, a pregnant dolphin gives birth. Dolphins are among the only animals that have assisted birthing; when a dolphin is giving birth, she’s often assisted by another female dolphin who acts as midwife.  Birth like in humans, can happen anywhere. When it does happen, the mother’s pod will surround her protectively while she’s in labour, waiting to fend off any predators who may be thinking about a quick and easy meal.
                                  

 

Baby dolphins are born tail-first and are usually single births (with the exception of a few smaller dolphin species which tend to have twins). Sometimes the mother dolphin has been reported to help the baby reach the surface of the water by swimming beneath it and gently lifting the baby dolphin upward; this may be normal dolphin play behaviour, or it may actually be genuine maternal  concern for the baby.

Babies generally eat first, finding the mammary glands located in sacs toward the mother’s rear. In dolphins born in captivity, nursing continues for as long as twelve to eighteen months. Babies must eat quickly, as they need to be able to get back up to the surface in order to breathe, and don’t really have the equipment of most mammals for suckling. So instead of dolphin babies sucking to stimulate milk flow, the dolphin mother actually has specialized muscle contractions that squirt milk into the baby's mouth.  

The baby grows very quickly on the high-fat mother’s milk, in some species doubling its weight within two weeks.

 

                                                        Watch Dolphin Birth

                                                                      
 Dolphins Parenting and at play

Listen to a few dolphin sounds!

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Dolphin Symbol: Teaches Communication, Harmony, Freedom, Trust.