Dolphins at Play
Job 40:20: "Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play."
Bottlenose dolphins have a reputation as intelligent, playful creatures. Newly released video shows just how intelligent their play is.
The video shows various dolphins creating rotating bubble rings which seem to hover in the water for a few seconds. The dolphins do this by first creating a water vortex with their dorsal fin. The ends of the vortex then come together into an invisible ring. Then the dolphin injects air from its blowhole into the spinning vortex. The vortex has enough energy to hold the ring from rising too quickly for play. Such a vortex bubble is about two feet across. However, dolphins might play with the vortex to create a smaller ring. Sometimes a dolphin will insert a smaller bubble ring inside a larger ring. They also create rings that flip vertically or even flip completely over. Sometimes a dolphin will create two bubble rings that collide and produce a third ring. The video shows one dolphin creating a large ring and watching it rise through the water. Just before the ring breaks, the surface the dolphin swims through the ring and leaps from the water.
Intelligence and such play as this are linked. Our Creator has not just shared intelligence and creativity with man, He clearly has shared some of His intelligence and creativity with other creatures as well.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the beauty of Your creation and for sharing Your creativity with so much of Your creation. Amen.
Notes: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/dolphinrings.asp, "Video shows dolphins creating and playing with bubble rings."
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