Dolphins Might Be Able to Tell If a Woman Is Pregnant

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Dolphins may be able to tell if a woman is pregnant, but they won’t be replacing pregnancy tests or ultrasounds anytime soon.

Dolphins may be able to tell if a woman is pregnant, but they won’t be replacing pregnancy tests or ultrasounds anytime soon.

Using echolocation, dolphins have a high sensory process that helps them figure out the shape or location of an object.

Dolphins reportedly act strangely around pregnant women, swimming close to them and making a buzzing sound, which is actually a form of concentrated echolocation.

The use of echolocation may enable dolphins to hear the heartbeat of the fetus, or according to Malcolm Nicolson a professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the dolphins “might well be able to detect a difference in a pregnant woman’s echo profile.”

A related study found that dolphins can sense the shape of something even if they can’t see it with their eyes.

There is no scientific proof that dolphins can actually sense if a woman is pregnant, but the anecdotal observations are fascinating, and they have been observed buzzing other pregnant dolphins as well.

Less likely are the unsubstantiated reports of dolphins detecting sickness in humans, and even more so their ability to diagnose and treat our illnesses.

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