10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Dolphin Intelligence

Dolphins may be thought of as “a kind of alien intelligence sharing our planet” and “the closest we’ll come to encountering ET.” Although all species on Earth descend from a common ancestor, humans and dolphins have been on different evolutionary paths for aeons, resulting in the massive differences we see today.

As with any animal, it’s important not to fall into the anthropocentric trap of evaluating dolphin intelligence on a scale that places us at the top. In fact, as the following 10 facts go to show, dolphin intelligence (and often cetacean intelligence in general) is actually worlds apart from our own, and in a category that doesn’t bear comparison—except, perhaps, insofar as to say that they are to the sea as we are to the land… minus the drive to oblivion.

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