Wild Dolphins Give Treasured Gifts To Humans

A peace offering from our aquatic brethren? Discovery reports:

On 23 occasions over the past several years, wild dolphins were observed giving gifts to humans at the Tangalooma Island Resort in Australia. The gifts included eels, tuna, squid, an octopus and an assortment of many other types of different fin fish. While these gifts might not be your choice for Christmas, some of the items that were offered to humans are highly valued food sources for cetaceans such as dolphins.

The wild dolphins that were observed giving gifts to human in Australia were regular visitors to a provisioning program at the Tangalooma Island Resort. Dolphins of diverse ages and both sexes engaged in the gift-giving behavior, and scientists are not entirely sure of what is motivating their behavior.

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20 Responses to Wild Dolphins Give Treasured Gifts To Humans

  1. Ted Heistman December 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Good Will gesture from Dolphin ambassadors?

  2. Calypso_1 December 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    What’s wrong with Tuna Tataki for Xmas?

    • Jin The Ninja December 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      nothing in my mind.

      • Calypso_1 December 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

        and who doesn’t enjoy a nice eel pie?

  3. Adam Goodwin December 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    When cultures try to reach out to other cultures in a peaceful way, it usually begins with giving gifts. I imagine that interspecies communication is just over the horizon. Cetaceans probably have a lot to tell us.

  4. ...... December 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Gifts? They probably wanted to trade for a cheeseburger or something else we eat that tastes good.

  5. lazy_friend December 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    cats sometimes give their owners dead mouse gifts, when they sense one might be under the weather. True story

    • Ted Heistman December 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

      Or for no special occasion at all! random acts of cat kindness!

    • InfvoCuernos December 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      nothing brightens my day more than stepping on a dead bird the cat dragged in!

  6. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness December 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Don’t feed the humans. It’ll only encourage them to breed and shit more. We need to put up signs.

  7. TennesseeCyberian December 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Some other things that these sweet aquatic mammals do:


    • Guest December 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      I’ve heard they are responsible for human rape as well. Apparently they have prehensile penises.

      What the hey, no species is perfect!

    • Matt Staggs December 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      Tell me where the dolphin touched you, @TennesseeCyberian:disqus

      • TennesseeCyberian December 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

        Yo, dawg. Can I get a trigger warning before you type something like that?

        I’m tellin’ ya, the cis male heteronormative privileged patriarchal trolls you run into on the Internet these days…

        Happy New Year!

    • InfvoCuernos December 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      Demi Moore was raped by a dolphin?!?! Didn’t see that coming.

  8. BuzzCoastin December 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    He looked long and calmly at each of them,
    then he held up the bowl to catch the light of the Californian sun…
    They could see quite clearly in the fine tracery of its etchwork the words
    So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish.”

    Do you know,” asked Wonko quietly, what it is?”
    They each shook their heads slowly, and with wonder…
    It is a farewell gift from the dolphins,” said Wonko in a low quiet voice…

    Doug Adams, Thanks for All the Fish, p. 131

  9. Jacob Gomez December 30, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    so let me get this straight..Dolphins not only play games,eat and compete all at the same time.They also enjoy sex,supposedly have committed suicide in captivity,and now they’re giving us gifts,and all we can do in return is make them do flips?

    • lazy_friend January 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      they have starred in movies if that counts.

  10. Simon Selvfed December 31, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    They saw a trainer with a McDonalds meal and they realised what is up with our food and felt sorry for us.

  11. axelphaedra January 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    maybe they’re pleading with us to assist their family in denmark and china!

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