Dolphins make and play with bubble rings, then learn from each other

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(Updated 2019) Amazing culture, play and artistry; dolphins learn from each other and master bubble play 

These bottle nose dolphins show complex play behavior  as well as a certain artistry in their manipulation of bubble rings, and possess a seemingly baffling ability to defy physics and drive the air downward in the water.
The intense curiosity and creative play that occurred when researchers introduced bubble rings to a group of wild dolphins is another reminder of why we find dolphins and whales so endearing:

 

Seaworld’s video doesn’t clarify the origins of the fascinating bubble ring behavior but it appears to have originated from the dolphins themselves and is not a taught trick.
However other captive display facilities have been able to teach dolphins, whales, and porpoises to perform tricks with bubble rings. In the video below, belugas in Japan have been taught to take in air from a tank then pass bubble rings to each other.

This remarkable behavior is another indication of the intelligence of these sentient animals, perfectly adapted to ocean and river environments.
(Please see part two for an explanation of how the dolphins produce and control the bubble rings.)

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