Dolphins See Own Reflections
- Monday April 30 8:27 PM ET
Study: Dolphins See Own Reflections
By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bottlenose dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror,
advanced intellectual ability observed previously only in humans and apes, a
Researchers at the New York Aquarium installed mirrors so that they could be
seen by two bottlenosed dolphins and then tested to see if the animals were
self-aware enough to look at the reflected image of markings on their
Diana Reiss of Columbia University and Lori Marino of Emory University
on Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that both
animals responded by looking long and hard at temporary ink marks placed on
their face and sides.
Monday April 30 5:08 PM ET
Mirror Tests Reflect Dolphins' Intelligence
By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a reflection of their intelligence, bottlenose
dolphins named Presley and Tab at the New York Aquarium have displayed the
ability to recognize themselves in a mirror -- a quality previously seen
in people and the great apes, researchers said on Monday.
The two male dolphins were housed in a pool with reflective glass walls at
aquarium in Brooklyn. Researchers found the dolphins reacted to their own
reflections without the social responses they displayed when seeing other
NEW YORK TIMES
May 1, 2001
Brainy Dolphins Pass the Human 'Mirror' Test
By MARK DERR
With brains second only to those of humans in relative size, superb
sonar systems more sophisticated than any navy's, and complex social
structures, dolphins are often considered geniuses of the seas.
Clever mimics and quick learners, dolphins have an uncanny ability to
researchers, those who have studied them in captivity and in the wild say.
in recent decades, scientists have made progress in unraveling the
of the dolphin's mind and social life, and have begun to create a detailed
portrait of these remarkable animals.