Another reason to marvel at dolphins. As a follow up to the previous blog on dolphins calling each other by name, new research from Dr. Jason Bruck at the Institute for Mind and Biology (University of Chicago) shows that dolphins have the longest memory known in animals. In addition to Kai, shown above, a dolphin named Bailey recognized the whistle of Allie, even though they had not seen each other in more than 20 years! I am fairly certain I would not recognize the voice of someone I haven’t seen in 20 years! Amazing findings!
The research was discussed on NPR yesterday. Just in case you did not get a chance to hear it, the story can be found here.