A few months ago I wrote about a dog named Ben and his dolphin friend Duggie. After Duggie lost her dolphin mate she stayed in the area off Ireland's Tory island where her partner died. Duggie soon met the seafaring labrador, Ben, and they've spent their days playing together ever since.

Just today I saw a wonderful video of a dolphin leaping out of the water to wet kiss a dog originally shot as part of the classic IMAX documentary called "Dolphin" and used by the One World One Ocean Campaign (see also) to promote their organization. They both seemed to like it. 

You never know who will become friends in the amazing world of animals. You can read more about some of these "unlikely friendships" in Jennifer Holland's book of the same name. 

Note: Dolphins have also been in the news because of recent genetic research on their unusually large brains. Changes in their genes when compared with other mammals "could be why dolphins are known to be exceptionally smart, able to use tools, recognize themselves and even communicate with each other and with trainers." Some researchers claim that the brains of dolphins are as close to humans as those of our nonhuman primate relatives.

The teaser image can be found here

Recent Posts in Animal Emotions

Animal "Euthanasia" Is Often Slaughter: Consider Kangaroos

KIlling baby kangaroos to learn how to kill them "humanely" isn't euthanasia

Cats: Owners Say Let Them be Predators and Kill Wildlife

A new study shows people are okay with free-running cats killing wildlife

Your Brain and Health in Nature: Rewilding Is Good For Us

Two studies show how walking in nature changes the brain and the value of trees

Why Science Does Not Need Female or Male Mice

A New York Times editorial “Why Science Needs Female Mice” needs close scrutiny

Dogs' Noses Know More Than Doctors About Cancer Detection

Dogs are highly accurate sniffing out various diseases and outperform humans

A Tale of Two Brains: Are Two Really Better than One?

A recent study of brain-melding raises many important questions about ethics