At the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi, Kelly the dolphin has quite a reputation. All the instituteâ€™s dolphins are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. Kelly took this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool.
The next time a trainer passes, she tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish-reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on. This behaviour is particularly interesting because it suggests that Kelly has a sense of the future and delays gratification. She has, in effect, trained the humans.
This may all be benign but lets not forget the onions warning about dolphins growing opposable thumbs
I for one, will be the first to welcome our new dolphin overlords!
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