The weird reason dolphins drink each other’s pee

Dolphins meet their friends by tasting their urine, according to a new study. By taking sips of the other dolphins’ urine, they demonstrated a type of social acceptance that begins with an exchange of whistles that are unique to certain individuals — much like human names.

Scientists have long known that dolphins identify with what are known as signature whistles, which are different for each dolphin, and that they address one another by mimicking such whistles. However, the researchers weren’t sure whether this copying showed that dolphins associate distinctive whistles with individual identity or with a more general concept like “friend.” The weird reason dolphins drink each other’s pee

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