Why Are Dolphins so Playful?

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Dolphins are so playful because they are very social animals, and they use play to learn how to hunt. Learn how dolphins will often play with each other, seaweed and pieces of driftwood with information from a dolphin behavioral husbandry and rehabilitation coordinator in this free video on dolphins.

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Hi, I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Today we're going to talk about why dolphins are so playful. Play is an important part of any species growing up. Dolphins particularly are playful because they are very social. Dolphins are very, are considered very playful creatures. In the wild, play helps them to learn to hunt. And how to be a member of their social group. Play behaviors can range from playing just with each other. Or to playing with objects that they find in the wild. In the wild, many dolphins will play with seaweed or pieces of driftwood. Or even things like sea turtles and other fish. In a captive situation, we give dolphins what we call Environmental Enrichment devices. These may include balls or rings, hoops or toys that a small child may play with. We also specially construct toys just for them. And that's the reason that dolphins are so playful in the wild. I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith with Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida.

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