Deep Dive: A Dolphin’s Guide to Maintaining Friendships

Photo: Dr. Simon J. Allen, of Shark Bay Dolphin Research

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February 28, 2023, Noon, ET (UTC -5)

Join us as Emma Chereskin talks about the male bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia. These dolphins form the most complex alliance structure outside of humans. Forming alliances, and maintaining those friendships, is vital in securing paternities and protecting females from rival males. In this talk, we will explore the wide variety of mechanisms, such as touch, synchrony, and sound, used by these dolphins to maintain their decades-long friendships.