A new study shows that it might be best to stay on a dolphin’s good side. Dolphins create the most complex relationships with other members of the same species next to humans. Researchers from Bristol University have found that male bottlenose dolphins are likely to cooperate with other dolphins that they’ve had positive experiences with in the past.
According to DailyMail.co.uk, they also will not come to the aid of a fellow dolphin who has done something negative to them in the past. Even if they seem friendly with them in general. Dolphins will also be friendly with others who haven’t helped them directly but, they’ve witnessed them help other dolphins they associate with.
Seems like dolphins are pretty great judges of character! These findings show that dolphins create social concepts just like humans. They are able to tell who is a “team member” through past experiences.