Now let’s take a 3-minute break from work or study and get to know one of the amazing creatures on earth! The dolphins!
Dolphins are famous and very well known for being intelligent and playful and having excellent social skills.
Not only that, these mammals have outstanding performance in taking naps. Imagine sleeping underwater without drowning. How do they do that?
Well, there’s a reason why dolphins are known as champion power nappers. It’s because they take 15 to 20 minutes naps multiple times a day, by resting one of their brain’s hemisphere. That way they can still watch for potential predator, swim and breathe. Very cool mashaAllah!
They also have an amazing way of communicating. They make varieties of vocalizations in order to reach out to one another underwater. They whistle when they want to sort of “speak” to another dolphin, make clicking sounds for preying and navigation and produce a high frequency of burst-pulse sounds whenever they feel enthusiastic or scaring off a threat.
Scientists believe that there are so much more to explore in order to understand their unique language.
Besides using echolocation, or in a simpler term, biological sonar, to navigate their way and hunt for food, dolphins are really good at making friends. Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have actually discovered that these aquatic mammals have friends. They separate themselves into friend groups.
Other than that, dolphins commonly give birth to only one calf, don’t actually use teeth to chew food (they swallow it and let it digest!), and have super good skin regenerative system which allows replacement of new skin cells every 2 hours (no wonder their skin is smooth and sleek!).
On top of that, they are so intelligent that they can even be trained for combat. A number of bottlenose dolphins are trained by the navy marine mammal program to assist the U.S Navy in locating underwater mines and guarding nuclear weaponry.
Okay now, how exactly can we learn something from these amazing creature? Indeed Allah has created everything in its best form, so that we may be in awe and learn something from His creations.
Here are some of the life lessons that we can learn from the dolphins!
1) Take the effort to remember people you’ve met regardless of the time spent
Dolphins are known with their capability to recognise distinct whistle produced by other dolphins which they shared tanks with from 20 years ago. Interestingly, although they’ve just lived together for several months, they can still remember each other! Imagine how heart-warming it is to remember someone who we met a long time ago!
2) Expand our group of friends
Dolphins, particularly the bottlenose have been said to befriend false killer whales and the relationships (swimming in pairs) even last up to five years. We should try not to be too choosy with people and be with the same group of friend all the time. It is a good practice to make friends with people from different countries, professions, study background and different ages. By mingling with people of different cultures and backgrounds, we get to learn a lot and widen our horizons!
Dolphins can also work together with humans! There are events in which humans teamed up with dolphins to catch a fish in Brazil. Go teamwork!
4) Don’t be afraid of trying new things
These aquatic mammals have been said to be curious and brave in investigating the uncommon. So, let’s get out from our comfort zones and explore the things that we have always wanted! (Provided that it is within boundaries and proper guideline guys!)
5) Always find a time for fresh air regardless of our hectic life
Since dolphins are mammals they need to take up air to breath by surfacing every 15 minutes. So, whenever life gets hard, remember to take your time to rest, recharge and do things that make you happy!
Indeed Allah has created His creations in an amazing way.
“He created the heavens without pillars that you see and has cast into the earth firmly set mountains, lest it should shift with you, and dispersed therein from every creature. And We sent down rain from the sky and made grow therein [plants] of every noble kind.” (Luqman 31:10)
“[It is] the work of Allah, who perfected all things. “ (Al Namlu, 27:88)