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Dolphins miss human interface, bring gifts for them

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Photo credits: Facebook page of Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin feeding

The Fact News Service

May 22

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, there is less human activity everywhere. It seems like the animals are also missing human beings as a pod of dolphins in Australia’s Queensland are bringing gifts from the sea to shore.

The dolphins usually have fun with the visitors at Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are no tourists around. Therefore, the dolphins are bringing an array of items- from seashells to corals- for the volunteers at the feeding centre.

“One male dolphin brings in objects on his rostrum or beak, and then he carefully presents them to us,” said volunteer Lyn McPherson to ABC News, talking about 29-year-old male dolphins Mystique. “What we have to do is give him a fish in return. We haven’t trained him, but he has trained us to do this.”

The dolphins bring corals, bottles, seashells, bits of timber and wood, and some other things as well.

McPherson says that Mystique, the dolphin, sometimes brings 10 items a day to the shore. Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin Feeding in a Facebook post wrote, “The pod has been bringing regular gifts, showing us how much they are missing the public interaction and attention.”

It is believed that dolphins are highly sociable mammals and are one of the most intelligent animals.

(With inputs from agencies)

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