JACKSONVILLE, FL — What happens in the ocean, stays in the ocean. The dating scene can be tough under the salty surf, so forget using a wingman, in the deep blue- you need a “finman”.
“They [male dolphins] work together and they have these stable bonds and they work together to get access to females for mating purposes,” tells Dr. Quincy Gibson an assistant professor of Coastal Behavioral Biology at the University of North Florida.
Sound familiar? These male dolphin alliances or “bro-mances”, if you will, is one of the behaviors Dr. Gibson is looking into.
The male dolphins team up to herd an attractive and fertile female from her pod specifically for one of the males.