NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Male dolphins conduct intense social relationships and are found to engage in extensive bisexuality, according to US scientists.
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth studied more than 120 bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, and found their relationships were more complex than previously thought.
The creatures engaged in extensive bisexuality, combined with periods of exclusive homosexuality, co-author Richard Connor told Discovery News.
“I work on the male dolphins and their social lives are very intense; it seems there is constant drama,” he said. “I have often thought, as I watched their complicated alliance relationships, that their social lives would be mentally and physically exhausting, and I’m glad I’m not a dolphin.”
His team found that the dolphins also pair-up, or swim in groups of three, to herd individual females during the mating season.