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Dolphins Bring Gifts As They Miss The Attention

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The dolphins at Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding in Tin Can Bay just 80km north of the Sunshine Coast, miss the attention and food they are used to receiving.

Due to restrictions, the number of people who used to visit the dolphins has declined at Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding, where you can have a drink and a bite to eat, as well as feed the dolphins. 🐬

The male dolphin of around 29 years old named Mystique brings objects on his rostrum or beak, which he carefully presents it to them and expects fish in return. 

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A few of the other humpback dolphins, who usually mingle with visitors at the Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding, joined Mystique by bringing gifts from the sea of wood, seashells, coral, rocks, and bottles covered in barnacles to volunteers who fed the mammals.

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The dolphins probably thought they had done something wrong as there have been no tourists to feed them. 

They will bring any stuff they can find, which has been happening for around ten years now. The actions had increased during the restrictions.

The dolphins have not been trained; they trained them. 

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Dolphins are extremely sociable mammals and generally regarded as one of the most intelligent animals.

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According to the Brisbane Times, A postdoctoral researcher at Southern Cross University’s Marine Ecology Research Centre in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Dr. Daniele Cagnazzi, studied the dolphins at Tin Can Bay. He believes the mammals bring gifts because they miss their usual interaction and attention with the tourist.

He also goes on to say, dolphins giving gifts is definitely interactive behavior. He never saw this behavior lead to anything other than a social interaction between a male and a female dolphin.

The researcher said the information isn’t available to know whether a dolphin enjoyed human interaction; it would need more detail investigating.

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A doctorate student, Barry McGovern, at the University of Queensland told 7NEWS, it’s heartwarming to believe the dolphins miss their two-legged human pals, nothing surprises him with dolphins’ behavior anymore. It’s possible they miss the free meal and the routine.

Did you know that Dolphins..

Dolphins have 2 stomachs, one is used digestion and the other for storage of food.

Dolphins never chew their food, they swallow it whole. Their teeth are only used to catch their prey.

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Dolphins have delicate skin yet they have fast healing attribute so they heal within a short time.

Dolphins have delicate skin but heals quickly.

Apparently it’s been proven by scientists that dolphins give themselves names. They develop their own whistles and recognize theirs and other dolphins by the whistle.

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Permission to use photos and for more info go to Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding.

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