While they’re certainly playful and funny creatures, there is more to dolphins than just Flipper. Dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and are found in just about every sea around the globe. Types of them are even found in some of the major rivers, including the Amazon River in Brazil and the Ganges River in India. As an elegant way to increase awareness and introduce the masses to the attractiveness and significance of the dolphin, many holiday resorts offer people the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins to encourage environmental conservation.
In comparison to the remainder of oceanic life, dolphins are a relatively new species, having evolved just 10 million year ago. In a peculiar twist, dolphins are really the descendants of land creatures who evolved into the water, compared to most life forms which evolved out of the water. Scientists are sure of the evolutionary path as dolphins still have small vestigial pelvic bones and leg buds as part of their skeletal structure.
The word “dolphin” comes from the ancient Greek word “delphys,” which means womb and thus was likely chosen for the odd fact that dolphins, like whales, are mammals and carry their young in their wombs before arrival. Dolphins are known for their unique social behavior and acute intelligence. There have even been reports of dolphins displaying culture and learned behaviour, phenomenon thought to be unique to human intelligence, by teaching their young to use tools for food hunting and props and decorations for breeding rituals.
Such intelligence, combined with their characteristic playfulness and their friendly nature, is what makes swimming with dolphins such a special experience. However, many sorts of dolphins today are endangered, with various types already gone beyond bringing back. For example, a study done in 2006 was unable to find some of the Yangtze River dolphin, which makes it technically extinct.
The challenging fact to realize is that individuals are responsible in large part for the danger these magnificent creature are now facing. From the spilling of toxic waste and trash into the oceans to runoff containing dangerous pesticides to accidental collisions with boat propellers, lots of the dolphin’s major enemies are the careless byproducts of human life. Dolphins are often the accidental victims of fishermen’s nets, when they’re hauled in with catches of tuna. Regrettably, dolphins are also hunted for food in many regions of the world and are murdered in bulk for commercial sale.
The people of the world today have the capacity to prevent the casual and mostly unintentional destruction of these fabulous creatures, and this is the reason why swimming with dolphins is so powerful. It is obvious from that most of the ways we hurt dolphins are unintentional and passive, which makes them unnecessary victims. By offering people an opportunity to spend private time with these awesome creatures in their natural habitats, resorts are encouraging people to get to know them and put a face on all the things that live in the sea. And as soon as you’ve been kissed by a dolphin, nuzzled by a dolphin, and ferried around on the back of a dolphin, it’s not easy to ignore the effect we’re having on them. So if you get a chance, do not miss the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins, as it is a really unique and educational experience. The expectation is that it won’t be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but if our careless treatment of the environment does not stop, unfortunately it may be.