Dolphins who are hand-fed by tourists are less social than their peers

Tourists can hand-feed some dolphins around the coast of Australia, but dolphins fed this way are less likely to form strong social bonds with their peers

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20 April 2022

Hand-feeding wild bottlenose dolphins can influence the marine mammals’ social behaviour

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Dolphins that are free-roaming but are fed by hand become less socially involved with their peers. As a result, their calves may grow up lacking vital social skills – which could explain, at least in part, why they are twice as likely to die before reaching adulthood.

“Dolphins are a very social species that rely on the social group to protect them from predators and for courtship [in breeding situations],” says Valeria Senigaglia at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. “There’s …

Reference-www.newscientist.com

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