Researchers from center for marine animals Dolphins Plus in Florida found that captive dolphins entertained by watching television.
Kelly Winship and Holly Eskelinen conducted observing captive groups of 11 bottlenose dolphins and five krupnooptovyh dolphins. The ten minute video they showed through specially built into the wall of the pool monitor is a 32 inch. The researchers tracked the time that animals spent at the screen, as well as other characteristic signs of interest and excitement — movements of the head, clapping flippers and the like.
The fragments included records of wildlife from the documentary series “planet Earth” with the sea animals and separately without them, and a series of animated series “spongebob Squarepants” (first season, third episode). Oddly enough, the dolphins showed no preference one way or another transfer. They are clearly interested in the screen itself, or more precisely, moving pictures, since with equal pleasure I have watched the tapes and dolphins suffering from hearing loss.
The authors, however, caution all owners of dolphinariums that before you can use the TV screen when the content of dolphins, there should be careful monitoring. In their groups, some animals — mostly male — responded to the view of a too strong excitation and aggressiveness.
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As reported by “Around the world. Ukraine” dolphins can recognize themselves in mirrors before the people.