As noted by Medical News Today, Cosmos, Discover magazine, ABC Science, New Scientist, National Geographic and Georgetown University (among others), West Australian dolphins in Shark Bay are among the only marine mammals in the world known to use tools, and dolphins in Shark Bay that use sponges spent more time using tools than any species except humans.
‘It turns out the brainiacs of the marine world can also be tool-using workaholics, spending more time hunting with tools than any non-human animal.’ — Janet Mann, professor of biology and psychology, who has been studying the Shark Bay dolphin population for more than 21 years.
So Western Australia has both the smartest and the hardest-working marine mammals in the world? Not surprised. We are, after all, the Conservative stronghold of Australia, specialising in both smarts & hard work 😉
–thanks to nephew B in NC