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Research Article

Why Do Dolphins Carry Sponges?

  • Janet Mann mail,

    mannj2@georgetown.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., United States of America, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., United States of America

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  • Brooke L. Sargeant,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., United States of America, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Jana J. Watson-Capps,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., United States of America, Department of Biology, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Quincy A. Gibson,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., United States of America

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  • Michael R. Heithaus,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Marine Sciences Program, Florida International University, North Miami, Florida, United States of America

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  • Richard C. Connor,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Eric Patterson

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington D. C., United States of America

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  • Published: December 10, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003868
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evolving?

Posted by flemingce on 06 Dec 2011 at 21:44 GMT

I found this study extremely fascinating because it shows how adaptable and intelligent the dolphin species truly is. I think it is amazing that they have adapted to their environment in such a creative way. I also find it interesting how the sex of the baby dolphins determined whether the dolphin became a sponger or not because it is similar to the cultural patterns of the human species.

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