|A seaweed bouquet, the perfect way to say |
I love you in 'dolphin'!
Martin had come up with more than just one theory on the seaweed bouquets. He had noticed in his time researching that when a male dolphin gives the female seaweed, the surrounding males became more abrupt and rough. However, in the final choosing the female was drawn to the gifts. The male who had "wooed" her with the seaweed bouquet had also become the father to more offspring.
Martin had explained that only the more intellectual species on earth possess the ability to acknowledge and purse gift giving- a sign of culture. Some examples he gave, besides dolphins, were chimps and humans.
The article I read had also said Martin observed that dark-green seaweeds represented love; while the brown acknowledged friendship. The article didn't go in depth to how or why this theory evolved, but I found it quite interesting.
Original Article: Freshwater Dolphins Court the Ladies with “Weed Bouquets”
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