Dolphins are often thought of as cute, cuddly cartoon-like animals. Yet these incredibly agile, clever and social animals are way more than what you see at Sea World. Living in pods, which can number up to several hundred individuals, these savvy hunters work together using echolocation and congregative techniques to find and trap their prey. They are extremely playful, and enjoy towing leaves around as they swim and surf amongst the wake of a speeding boat. These emotional creatures have been known to solve puzzles, protect humans and even recognize their own reflection!
Though our fascination with dolphins has been fostered by movies and visits to theme parks, there is nothing quite like a non-fabricated encounter in the wild. And while we think of whales and perhaps sharks of being at risk of fishing by humans, dolphins are also threatened by our daily activities. Pollution, plastics, net entanglement and rising sea temperatures pose real threats to entire populations of species. In an effort to become more self-aware about our individual impact, let's take a moment this month to think about some of the ways we can help minimize our effect on dolphins and their fellow sea creatures.
- Consider your seafood choices and how things are caught. Have a look at www.seafoodwatch.org to learn more about what you're eating.
- Stay away from animal theme parks to avoid supporting the holding of animals in captivity.
- Cut down on your plastic consumption, and follow the age old saying of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- Rethink using fertilizers and other harmful chemicals that could run into the water supply.
- Use your vote to empower legislators who advocate for marine protection, and let them know it's important to you.
- Consume less in general: walk, turn off the lights, don't leave your car running in the driveway...the list goes on!
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