17 January 2011

Dolphins display amazing ability imitate while blindfolded

We humans like to say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but in the animal world it’s just downright amazing. Especially when blindfolded.

A trainer at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys showed CNN’s John Zarrella firsthand how proficient dolphins are at duplicating one another’s actions even when they can’t see.

In the video below, an eight-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Tanner imitates his pod buddy Kibby perfectly, utilizing only echo location, or underwater sonar.

And if you think luck has anything to do with Tanner's success you would be wrong.

During research dolphins successfully imitate 58% of the time.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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