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
20 April 2022
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 …