Dolphin dimples detect electricity

Depressions in a dolphin’s snout sense electric fields, may help find dinner

By Stephen Ornes, 16:25 PM August 10, 2011


A person can use all five senses while spending time with dolphins. We can see them frolic in the waves, hear them call and splash, and feel their rubbery skin. We can sniff dolphins, though they don’t have much of an odor. And those willing to get close enough for a lick could find out what dolphins taste like.

Dolphins can sense you, too, but not in all the same ways. They have keen eyesight, for example, but no sense of smell. Sensory biologists try to understand connections between an...

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