The sea mammals such as dolphins have lined up to bring presents ashore – “apparently because they’re missing interaction with humans,” as per the reports of 7News.
Many parts of the world are under lockdown for months. And while humans are caged and humanity is left aside due to the corona outbreak, it has become a blessing for most of the animals in the world. They are given freedom to enjoy clean air and water due to the lockdown. Amidst all these creatures, there are some other types of animals who may miss human companions.
It seems as if the dolphins at Tin Can Bay in Queensland, Australia are the creatures who miss the humans the most. Dolphins there have started to bring presents from the sea ashore– “apparently because they’re missing interaction with humans,” as per the reports of 7News.
Dolphin feeding and Barnacles Café are places where you can see a large count of tourists throughout the whole year. They offer all the people who visit the place an incredible chance to interact with wild humpback dolphins. Even the dolphins too enjoy this amazing opportunity to receive treats such as fresh fish from the visitors.
Unfortunately, the restrictions which were imposed by the Australian government in the mid of March had to ban the tourists visiting these places to feed the animals – Thus the humpback dolphins were worried about the unexpected disappearance of the human companions.
As per the workers of Barnacles, the local dolphin pod has been bringing gifts to the staff at the café, including barnacle-encrusted bottles, sea sponges and fragments of coral.
A recent post on the cafe’s Facebook page contained
“The pod has been bringing us regular gifts, showing us how much they’re missing the public interaction and attention. They are definitely missing you all.”
A volunteer worker at the café stated to the reporters from ABC that these dolphins showed the same behavior in the past and increased since the lockdown.
For dolphin expert and University of Queensland PhD student Barry McGovern, the behaviour of the dolphins are far more dull.
“Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behavior anymore. They do everything – they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles.”
Dolphins are quite intelligent animals when compared with the rest of the animals in the world. The behaviour of the dolphins, their playfulness, sociability, friendliness towards man and the legendary interactions have resulted in a growth of love in the heart of man.
With the time, the researchers have discovered that these dolphins display skills and sophistication previously ascribed only to humans. This means that these dolphins have the ability of problem solving along with a complex system of communication.
By the way, all these don’t mean that we need to project our feelings of loneliness to all the ocean animals. McGovern stated:
“In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se … They probably miss a free meal and the routine.”
Dolphins are also generally subjected to “play-like behavior.” McGovern explained:
“They often play with bits of weed and coral and all sorts of things and just leave it on their rostrum (nose).They’re used to getting fed now, so they’re used to humans coming in. When it’s not happening, maybe it’s just out of boredom.”
Barnacles cafe has reopened soon after the lifting up of the restrictions and have started to continue with the feeding activities of the dolphins.