Dolphins miss people – Bring gifts

A pod of dolphins in Tin Can Bay, Queensland, Australia has been bringing ashore gifts from the sea – apparently because they’re missing interaction with humans during the coronavirus shutdown.

Barry McGovern, an expert in dolphin behaviour, said it was possible the dolphins were giving gifts because they missed humans, but unlikely.

“Nothing surprises me with dolphins and their behaviour anymore,” McGovern, a UQ PhD student, told

“They do everything – they use tools, they have culture, they have something similar to names in signature whistles.

“In all likelihood, they probably don’t miss humans per se. They probably miss a free meal and the routine.”

Image: Facebook, Barnacles Cafe & Dolphin Feeding