Dolphins are known for being one of the most intelligent animals in the marine kingdom. Their brain is highly developed and they have behavior patterns similar to humans: they recognize their social group partners, socialize, play, and communicate with each other in many different ways.
Science and love for these marine mammals have led biologists, animal care specialists, and scientists to understand that non-verbal communication between dolphins and humans is possible. Keep reading to learn more.
How dolphins communicate
Just like us humans, dolphins communicate through sounds and gestures. They have a wide repertoire of sounds - ranging from waves, inaudible to the human ear, that reach 100,000 Hz to clicks and hisses. The bottlenose dolphin emits something called a "signature whistle" and is a form of identification unique to each dolphin; one could say it’s similar to saying its name.
When it comes to gestures, they have complex systems of body movements - from circular swims, and movements of the head or fins, to choreographies between large groups that are believed to be a way of communication and socialization between them. It is truly fascinating, right?
Can dolphins communicate with humans?
There are many records of encounters between dolphins and people that raise the question of whether it is possible to establish communication between the two species. Everything seems to indicate yes.
Although we clearly cannot communicate in the same way that we do with our own species, animal care specialists who live closely with dolphins have developed different methods of positive communication. In this way, the dolphins quickly learn to read their keeper's signals and the keeper also learns to interact with each dolphin. Because, just like us, each one has a unique way of being and it is very important to know and understand the behaviors of each dolphin in a personal and individual fashion.
What is fascinating is that dolphins can be the path to learning to bond and communicate with other species and live together more harmoniously, as the documentary "My Octopus Teacher" shows.
How to bond with dolphins
If you’re fascinated by what you have read so far, you can have an up-close experience with these wonderful marine animals. At Delphinus, you will find a wide variety of experiences in swimming with dolphins that are designed for you to interact in a respectful yet friendly way with them. You will learn about the species, and how to preserve their ecosystems, and you will enjoy the magical experience of swimming and playing with them.
If you want to learn a little more about their behavior, the Trainer-for-a-Day experience is perfect for you. You will spend a full day accompanying one of our Care Specialists in their different activities, including swimming.
We cultivate respect for dolphins and marine life
Dolphins are the heart of our organization and their well-being and conservation are our top priorities. All our habitats are created with optimal conditions for the welfare of the dolphins; most of them are immersed in their natural habitat, directly in the ocean. Our care for dolphins is guided by 5 domains of animal welfare, which are internationally recognized best practices, to ensure a complete state of physical well-being and harmony with their environment.
This is our way of contributing to the care of the ecosystem and marine species and transmitting our love and admiration for dolphins in everything we do.
Experience the magic of being with dolphins
Learn more about our different habitats and choose the experience that excites you the most. It will be a unique opportunity to interact and be surprised by the possible communication between dolphins and people.