A Friendly Life with the Dolphins

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A Friendly Life with the Dolphins
As a culture being a learned behavior for humans, it is for the animals as well. Humans have grown, evolved, adapted, and developed to survive; and their acquired skills and consistent improvements have accelerated such developments. Surprisingly, dolphins also have acquired such skills to live more convenient life by working with the humans. The article “Dolphins help fishermen to catch fish” describes how dolphins and fishermen work together. This article explains the special relationship between the fishermen and the dolphins in Laguna, Brazil, where dolphins help to catch fish by herding the group of mullet towards the fishermen, then signaling the right time to throw the nets (Welsh, 2012). This cooperation is noted to be very important and helpful for both parties’ survival, since they both depend on each other for catching fish, fish being the main source of income for the fishermen, whereas, fish being the main source of food for the dolphins (Welsh, 2012). Apparently, this teamwork with the dolphins had become the tradition for these Brazilian fishermen as they worked together for more than 15 years (Welsh, 2012).
This cooperative behavior of both has created a unique culture that both fishermen and dolphins pass on their tradition by teaching. From a cultural anthropological perspective, this is a very interesting issue since humans and dolphins do not share any biological similarities as they do with primates, like apes, monkeys, and etc.; and the only similarity between them are being mammals. The anthropological aspects that could be analyzed in this relationship are: their culture, behavioral and cultural adaptation, language, and pattern of subsistence.
According to a source, this fishing technique has been continuing for more than 150 years, as the first cooperative fishing took place in 1947 ("exploration…...

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