No one is better at playing around than dolphins—it seems to be what they live for. These beautiful, graceful, sleek messengers of the sea carry many messages for us: Have fun. Stick together. Help your family and friends as much as you can. Have more fun. But even the playful dolphin encounters difficulties and dangers in the vast oceans they rule and when they do, they apply their amazing intelligence to ensuring a happy ending for them and their pod, which is what a group of dolphins is called.
Some say communication is the mark of intelligence, and there is no doubt that dolphins communicate with each other. They live in water where sound move faster and farther. In his book The Hidden Messages in Water, Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto explains beautifully that, along with affecting sound, water can actually transmit, capture and store emotions. We feel that this is part of the reason for stories down through history of dolphins helping humans in trouble—they can “hear” our distress as easily as we (who are fortunate enough to hear) are able to hear sound.
But do they talk? Dolphins’ communication systems are so sophisticated that scientists still aren’t sure how they do what they do—they’re not even sure what it is that they are doing! Some believe dolphins direct their sonar-like “speech” toward their sick or injured, and sometimes to humans that they encounter, as a way of trying to heal them!