Dolphins Use Wingmen to Get Laid Like Humans, Study Says

Dolphins Use Wingmen to Get Laid Like Humans, Study Says

We already knew that dolphins are pretty smart. Some scientists even debate whether we should treat them as .people. Now, a new study found that dolphins are so clever that they are capable of creating the largest organized social networks outside of humans… all to help them get laid.

In a paper published Monday in the journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of researchers observed a multi-level alliance network between 121 male bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Western Australia. The males formed cooperative relationships to each other in an effort to court female dolphins.

Dolphins use wingmen just as humans to attract women.

“Cooperation between allies is widespread in human societies and one of the hallmarks of our success,” Stephanie King, a biologist at the University of Bristol and co-lead author of the paper, said in a press release. “Our capacity to build strategic, cooperative relationships at multiple social levels, such as trade or military alliances both nationally and internationally, was once thought unique to our species.”

According to the study, the dolphins form several levels of alliances: first-order alliances, which are two to three males who pursue and guard individual females; second-order alliances, which are four to 14 unrelated males (typically several different first order alliances); and third-order alliances, which are combinations of several second-order alliances. These groups work together to help herd and protect female dolphins from outside groups.

These findings provide strong evidence for intergroup cooperation, even if they are not from primates such as chimpanzees or humans. King said that the insights provided more insight into “the evolution characteristics once thought to be unique to humans.”

” Our work highlights the importance of dolphin societies as well as nonhuman primates as models for human cognitive and social evolution,” she said.

The paper confirms what we have known for some time about bottlenose dolphins: that they love to collaborate. These insights shed new light on the evolutionary characteristic of cooperation in mammals. Other species also understand the importance of cooperation and working together.

Now, if only more humans can learn that lesson too…

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