The Quirks and Idiosyncrasies of Dolphins

The time I spent learning about marine mammal training and working at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, FL, forever sealed dolphins as my all-time favorite animals. I was continuously amazed by how complex our dolphins were, and each one's individual traits and characteristics made me realize there is no such thing as a stereotypical dolphin. Just like humans, each animal had its own specific preferences, moods and interaction styles.

I spent every free moment devouring every dolphin book I could find, and I quickly learned how little most people actually know about these charismatic creatures. (Among many others, I highly recommend "To Touch a Wild Dolphin" by Rachel Smolker.)

I was also excited to learn that--like humans--dolphins often enjoying engaging in play for no other reason except that it probably feels good and strengthens social bonds. Here's a great YouTube video taken in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, that depicts an enthusiastic pod of surfing dolphins. Enjoy!