The intelligence of dolphins
The choice of this discussion as the topic for the final speech is motivated by love for nature, especially the marine ecosystem. Most important is the amazing intelligence possessed by dolphins. What is amazing about these creatures is the belief that they are the second most intelligent creatures with only humans displaying greater brainpower.
This intelligence will be explained based on key characteristics of these creatures including the brainpower, learning capacity, feeding habits, need for freedom, and many more (Connor, Richard 587).
The understanding of the intelligence of dolphins has been an interesting research topics for many scientists across the world. Though it is difficult to compare the intelligence of one species with another, as stated, humans being have shown close characteristics with dolphins. Such difficulty exists because in the ecosystem, any animal would be considered intelligent based on the methods it develops for survival (Connor, Richard 587).
One of the main methods that have been used to establish this intelligence is an MRI scan of the brain of dolphins. This has been important in understanding the size of the brain relative to body size, the structure of the brain and how these creatures are able to develop complex behavior and emotions. The development of this magnificent brain capacity dates back 39 million years ago (Connor, Richard 587). This means that the development of their brain, like that of human beings, has been an evolution process and thus All animals share the capacity for emotions, but the part of the dolphin brain associated with processing emotional information is particularly expanded. Hence, a complete speech on this topic will bring to reality the unimaginable capabilities of dolphins.
Connor, Richard C. “Dolphin social intelligence: complex alliance relationships in bottlenose dolphins and a consideration of selective environments for extreme brain size evolution in mammals.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 362.1480 (2007): 587-602.