In contrast, human babies at birth have 28% of their adult counterparts. Of course, an understanding of TV is of little use in the wild, but the ability to respond to new situations has huge implications. A number of animals, especially whales and dolphins and primates, know how to follow certain rules. With four lobes, greater, more pronounced neocortex convolutions, and superior size, the brain of the sperm whale at 9,000 cc or the orca at 6,000 cc are the paragons of brain evolution on the Earth. Probably not. Haiti Learn how your comment data is processed. Luxembourg Brunei Bouvet Island Lets start with the brain size. Nauru Egypt “Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. Tajikistan Albania And considering how we sometimes behave, who could blame them? Kazakhstan There is a story out of a Greek island, of a sick child riding on the back of a dolphin each day. Lithuania When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. Algeria The ability to recognise themselves in the mirror suggests self-awareness, a quality previously only seen in people and great apes. Wallis and Futuna Rwanda Mali Dolphin social intelligence: complex alliance relationships in bottlenose dolphins and a consideration of selective environments for extreme brain size evolution in mammals. Dolphins have invented a range of feeding strategies that more than match the diversity of habitats in which they live. Both can’t make an iPad and download songs to their mp3 player. Sri Lanka Tonga The dolphins’ motivation for ganging together is under study but may involve ecological and/or reproductive benefits. Thailand Bulgaria (One of their star dolphins, Akeakamai, has learned a vocabulary of more than 60 words and can understand more than 2,000 sentences.) It then dives below the surface, circling a shoal of fish, stirring up mud along the way. Spain Iraq Brain size, relative to body size, is believed by many scientists to be a key prerequisite to intelligence, although there are many other factors as well. Great comments, and thank you, Kirsten, Cheryl and Jackie. Richard Connor and his team in Shark Bay, Western Australia, discovered a group of 14 males. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons” Svalbard and Jan Mayen The bottlenose’s EQ is surpassed only by a human’s, which measures 7.4 (Australopithecines - hominids that lived around 4m years ago - fall within the dolphin range: 3.25-4.72). Vatican Dolphins have long been known for their intelligence. "That's a very rare capacity in the non-human animal kingdom," Marino said. The dolphin would dash to the mirror, but if he could not find a mark, he would immediately move on, ignoring the incident. There are countless examples of dolphins saving people in distress/drowning. On cue, the other dolphins in the group move into position, forming a barrier to block off any underwater escape routes. Kiribati Macedonia Trinidad and Tobago Ireland Brazil The whales possess the largest brains ever developed on planet Earth (Terra). As soon as we get to the bathroom we would look in the mirror and turn around to see if we got any paint on us.". This behaviour is interesting because it shows that Kelly has a sense of the future and delays gratification. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. Niue Cuba Great blog post. But we’ve barely begun to record all their sounds and body signals let alone try to decipher them. Determining animal intelligence is a thorny problem, even if the animals are somewhat like ourselves. 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. French Guiana Nepal They flick a fish up to 9 metres with their tail flukes and then pick the stunned prey from the water surface. "It's not much of a stretch," she noted. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean. One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. Updated Jul. A number of the local dolphin groups seem to use a circle of mud to catch mullet. In an estuary off the coast of Brazil, tucuxi dolphins are regularly seen capturing fish by “tail whacking”. Aland Islands It’s unclear exactly what is going on. "The behavior they use to protect people when people are in danger are very much the same behavior they use to protect their juveniles.". Armenia Let’s assign the average human brain a score of 100. Madagascar Colombia Love and companionship are a deep driving force for them. Paraguay There is no questions both the dolphins and whales are intelligent. Kelly has taken this task one step further. Their brains are huge (oh, and they used to be wolves) One of the reasons we became so interested …