It’s time to celebrate one of the coolest marine mammals on the planet with National Dolphin Day! I think they’re cool because I totally envy their ability to stay awake for more than two weeks at a time. This would be extremely helpful in getting a lot of things done, so I’m totally jealous of this skill. You see, dolphins can sleep by resting only half of their brain at a time. The other half remains “awake” so they can keep a constant lookout for sharks. And if that weren’t cool enough, they have a built-in natural radar called echolocation to find food and navigate.
Also, dolphins are super sweet animals who live by an altruistic creed. They have been known to help other injured dolphins including bringing them to the surface to breath. But they don’t just help their own kind. There are tons of accounts of dolphins helping humans and even whales in need. This kind and helpful demeanor extends to raising their young as well. They will teach them to use tools and place pieces of sponge on their noses to help prevent abrasions while foraging for food.
Depending on what research you run across, when it comes to brain power, dolphins rank behind only humans in intelligence. Well, most humans anyway. This is, of course, when applying “human” measures of smarts created by the humans themselves. So by this logic, it’s also equally possible dolphins are actually smarter than we are and we’re just too dumb to realize it. In this case, it’s quite comforting to know that they’re so incredibly nice! Unless, of course, that’s also part of their ingenious plan to take over the world. Being mere humans, though, I guess we’ll just never quite know for sure.
Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, and Nuetral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon blue ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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