Dolphins form friendships through shared interests, just like humans: Study

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London, Jun 12 (PTI) Dolphins form close friendships based on shared common interests, just like humans do, a study claims.

Shark Bay, a World Heritage area in Western Australia, is home to an iconic population of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, and the only place where dolphins have been observed using marine sponges as foraging tools.

This learnt technique, passed down from generation to generation, helps certain dolphins, "spongers", find food in deeper water channels.

While the tool-using technique is well-studied in female dolphins, the researchers from University of Bristol in the UK and University of Zurich in Switzerland study looked specifically at male dolphins.