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  1. Interesting Facts
  2. Dolphin Senses
  3. Species
  4. Altruism
  5. Their presence in the ocean

Dolphin Intelligence

The intelligence of dolphins is one of their most outstanding features. Among the thousands of members that the animal kingdom has, dolphins take one of the top places regarding intelligence.

The dolphin’s brain is astonishingly complex, almost comparable to that of humans and large related to their body. Through magnetic resonance imaging, their brains have been found to be 4 to 5 times bigger than those of other animals of similar sizes.

The connections between the neurological areas and the motor areas of the organ exhibit a great sensitivity to pain and a pronounced tendency to stress. 

The members of a pod collaborate with each other and at times with other species of animals. Some scientists argue that the social intelligence of these cetaceans competes with that of the great apes because they can show empathy towards their companions and help them when they are injured or immobilized. Scientists have now proved and tested that the signs of higher intelligence from dolphins are related to self-awareness. This is a sign of the development of abstract thinking.

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