Something’s happening in the waters off the southern half of Penang Island. Recently, a rare loggerhead turtle appeared in these parts and now … frolicking dolphins, captured on footage that began circulating yesterday.
What makes this footage different from other earlier footages of dolphins in Penang is how close they came to the boat, even guiding it forward.
Someone sent me the following message accompanying the footage:
These dolphins are delivering a very special message to all Penangites.
Dolphins and many more helpless aquatic life forms are in our waters nurturing and protecting us in ways you have yet to understand.
WAKE UP PENANGITES!
Penang government, enough is enough! Stop the greed! Stop grabbing our shorelines! Stop land reclamation now!
The ecological, socioeconomic and ecological impacts are irreversible and will hurt every single Penangite… just remember, even the persons profiting from these projects will not be spared.
What do you think? Dolphins are among the most intelligent mammals out there. But just how intelligent are they? The Whale and Dolphin Conservation website explains:
It’s a complicated question because it’s hard to compare a whale or a dolphin’s intelligence with our own, mainly as we can’t use the same methods to measure both. We can’t ask a dolphin to sit an IQ test or maths exam, or challenge a whale to build an engine or design a building. For a start, they don’t have hands and they communicate very differently from us. In fact, dolphins seem to have an almost unfathomable, alien intelligence, which is so unlike our own that perhaps a better question to ask is ‘How are whales and dolphins intelligent?’…
Whale and dolphin brains contain specialized brain cells called spindle neurons. These are associated with advanced abilities such as recognising, remembering, reasoning, communicating, perceiving, adapting to change, problem-solving and understanding. So it seems they are deep thinkers! Not only that, but the part of their brain which processes emotions (limbic system) appears to be more complex than our own. Lori Marino a neuro-expert explains that ‘a dolphin alone is not really a dolphin; being a dolphin means being embedded in a complex social network…even more so than with humans.’