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Posted 2005-11-13 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Recently-published research shows that captive dolphins enjoy playing a variety of complex and challenging games, according to World Science. Adult dolphins studied off the coast of Honduras play posss reportedly played catch with a plastic bag, taking care to play easier with young dolphins. One dolphin calf blew bubbles while swimming upside-down at the bottom of a pool, then chased and bit the bubbles as they rose to the surface. Young dolphins deliberately challenge themselves--the bubble-blowing calf made its game harder by blowing bubbles increasingly closer to the surface, as well as changing its swimming style to increase the difficulty. Researchers of the captive dolphins observed over 300 distinct forms of play, reportedly noting that while dolphins of all ages played games, most of the new ones came from young dolphins. Not so different from human culture, really, and reinforcement of the concept of "fun" and learning being intertwined (an idea fairly recently explored by game designer Raph Koster in his book A Theory of Fun).
 
     
 
   
 
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