Our most popular marine companions by far, dolphins can credit their popularity to their extremely high intelligence, natural playfulness, and unabashed friendliness. Dolphins have fascinated and delighted human spectators since the earliest human memory. Charmed by their grace and elegance, captivated by their free-spirited frolicking, anyone who’s ever sighted a dolphin has felt their magic.
Peter Stone captures that magic in a collection of fantastic sterling silver dolphin jewelry, designed to reflect the elegant beauty as well as the undeniable freedom of these astonishing sea mammals. We celebrate the age old fascination, and explore the depth and breadth of the universal love story between dolphins and humans.
Dolphins are naturally social creatures, living in pods of roughly a dozen dolphins. Under certain circumstances, dolphin pods can merge, forming superpods that can consist of 1,000 or more dolphins at once. This natural tendency towards grouping leads to strong social bonds and protective behavior. Dolphins will often remain nearby if a fellow dolphin is ill or injured, helping the individual to breathe by guiding it to the surface if necessary.
This Good Samaritan behavior is not limited by species. In one case, a New Zealand dolphin was observed guiding a pygmy sperm whale (and her calf) out of dangerously shallow water that had stranded them several times. The most fascinating examples are those of dolphins who rescue human swimmers from sharks by swimming in protective circles or charging the sharks.
Tell me about it
Dolphins are also highly communicative, using whistles, clicks, and burst-pulse sounds to “talk” over long distances. Some species even have individualized “signature” whistles that identify themselves to other dolphins. While the whistles and sounds are used dolphin-to-dolphin, the clicks generally indicate the use of echolocation for navigation. Curious dolphins will click faster and faster to signal excitement as they approach an object of interest, and these clicks are considered to be among the loudest of all sounds produced by marine animals.
Come out and play
Dolphins are well-known for their leaping behavior, occasionally putting on awe-inspiring acrobatic displays that delight onlookers. Within their own communities, play is a vital part of dolphin life. They frequently play with seaweed and play-fight with other dolphins. They have been known to playfully harass seabirds and turtles, and other local sea life. At times, dolphins seem to regard boats as merely large playmates, surfing bow waves, circling boats, and interacting playfully with swimmers.
The Moral of the Story
If there is anything we can learn from the behavior of the dolphins, it is concern for our fellow creatures. While dolphins remain universally admired and adored, the truth is that they face grave danger from the actions of humans. The pollution of our waterways threatens not only their environment, but also their health. Collisions with boats are common. Fishing nets can ensnare dolphins, as happens frequently with purse seine fishing for tuna, and the dolphins themselves are at risk of being “fished” in some parts of the world, where they are considered food. Dolphins can also be harmed by loud underwater noises resulting from human action, such as naval sonar use, heavy construction, and off-shore windfarms.
Admittedly, there is sometimes a fine line between progress and destruction. If we concede that the dolphins’ extreme intelligence lends them a “conscience” and a duty to help the helpless (even helpless humans!)… shouldn’t our own intelligence confer the same duty upon us, to protect helpless dolphins in return?
Share the magic
If you’re as fascinated by the dolphins as we are—and boy, are we!—you’ll find inspiration and magic in our beautiful sterling silver dolphin jewelry, created by Peter Stone’s finest artists to capture the elegant lines and playful spirit of these amazingly intelligent, compassionate, and whimsical marine creatures. Let the love story continue!