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Can a dolphin see a developing baby ?


Posted on Thursday, 11 July, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Echolocation may provide dolphins with the unique ability to see a woman's developing fetus.

Medical scans involving the use of ultrasound are carried out during pregnancy to check on the health of the developing infant, a mechanism that is similar to the way in which dolphins use echolocation to feel their way around underwater. On that basis, could dolphins use their own ultrasound capabilities to detect and effectively "see" an unborn baby in a human mother's womb ?

Anecdotal reports have indicated that dolphins seem to pay special attention to pregnant women, sometimes swimming up to them and making a distinct buzzing sound. Studies of dolphin behavior have also indicated that the marine mammals are able to sense shapes through an opaque barrier. In a similar way to a sonogram, dolphins may indeed be able to mentally "see" an unborn infant using their ultrasound echolocation capabilities.

"Dolphins emit sounds in their environment and listen to the echoes that return - a process that helps them identify the shapes and locations of objects."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Taun on 10 July, 2013, 20:01
Would the dolphins "emitter" be putting out enough power to 'see' through the outer skin and into the womb?...
Comment icon #2 Posted by rashore on 10 July, 2013, 20:18
Gosh, I hope dolphins can't. I can totally see us humans deciding to turn a buck or few out of the capability, and the dolphins would probably get the short end of the stick.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Timmeh on 11 July, 2013, 13:27
Would the dolphins "emitter" be putting out enough power to 'see' through the outer skin and into the womb?... The question is would they actually know it's a baby?
Comment icon #4 Posted by GirlfromOz on 11 July, 2013, 15:20
The reality of it all is that animals sense & smell things that we humans overlook or don't sense or smell.We have a lesser sense that animals have in a greater sense.If dolphins smell something,that is something of an underwater sensing of a pregnant woman etc,it must be something of a chemical release in the water via the skin of a human etc.Dolphins must be familiar & swiftly recognize chemicals such as birth within their own pods that they have been familiarized with or identified with.The Births of or the smell of other creatures around them like humans etc must be a very strong t... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 11 July, 2013, 20:58
Having read the article, it appears that this ability, though circumstantially evident, is still "speculative" Nonetheless... Boyfriend to girlfriend: Hey honey, let's go for a dip in the ocean with those cute dolphins. Boyfriend secretly observes the dolphin behaviors to determine if girlfriend is pregnant.
Comment icon #6 Posted by little_dreamer on 12 July, 2013, 21:50
It's a bit pointless since we cannot communicate with dolphins.


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