Sunday, October 08, 2006

I often suspected

posted by The Vidiot @ 11:20 AM Permalink

that whales and dolphins were more than they appear to be.
Excerpt: Group living, in fact, is at the centre of cetacean existence, perhaps because the sea has few refuges from predators, and many species "have nothing to hide behind but each other". It has led to the evolution of many types of sophisticated co-operative behaviour, from hunting, to young males banding together to secure mating partners. And there is an "emerging but compelling argument", Mr Simmonds says, that some cetacean species exhibit culture - behaviour that is acquired through social learning.


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