Christmas has come and gone. Statuses everywhere are lit up with the swag given by friends and family.
Someone’s aunt got them this. Someone’s brother got them that.
Big flippin’ deal.
Because a group of scientists have been given gifts from freakin’ dolphins since 1998!
Dolphins that offer gifts to humans!
Though the dolphins at the Tangalooma Island Resort in Australia haven’t been dropping PS3s or brand new iPhones they have been presenting gifts of food to human recipients. Scientists that have been studying these particular dolphins on a regular basis and in frequent contact with them have received everything from eels to tuna to squid.
Animals sharing food is a rare occurrence and typically takes place when an animal can’t fend for itself so others of its own kind help out. Most of the time it’s more ”you rub my back and I’ll rub yours” kind of a thing where the animal doing the giving expects something it can’t get for itself in return.
When they start offering up empty coffee cups they’ve found floating in the surf for Starbuck’s gift cards, though? THAT’S about the time we should all start questioning our place in things.