Each one, teach one

A couple of years ago, marine biologists noticed that dolphins in the wild were walking on their tails after spending some time with another dolphin, named Billie. Billie apparently learned tail-walking on her own while spending three weeks in an Australian water park called Marineland, and the scientists assumed that she showed the others how to do it.

Billie passed away last year, but her legacy continues. Last week, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society reported that a growing number of dolphins in Port Adelaide have picked up the fad.

“As far as we are aware, tail walking has no practical function and is performed just for fun — akin to human dancing or gymnastics,” WDCS researcher Mike Bossley said in a news release. “As such, it represents an internationally important example of the behavioral simillarities between humans and dolphins.”

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