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IN Animals ON 13 Mar, 2016
Gestation period is the most crucial phase in every woman’s life. New mothers are concerned about the development of embryo in their uterus all the time. Every pregnant woman needs to pay utmost attention to her baby and herself to avoid any sort of complications else you never know when can you become the victim of your own demise such as the mother who delayed chemotherapy during her pregnancy and ended up with a tragedy.
Dolphins can ease this tedious task of detecting the fetus of pregnant women in an awesome way. They have the ability to even visualize the fetuses of pregnant women. Check out these wonderful pictures of dolphins detecting the fetuses of pregnant women using echolocation.
Dolphins possess inborn ability to produce sound and listen to the echoes.
Ultrasound is used by the doctors to view a developing fetus.
Lori Marino, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta advised, "I think it's extremely plausible [dolphins] would be able to detect a fetus. You'd have to really do a well-controlled study to make a definitive statement."
Marino explained, "Buzzing is a form of very concentrated echolocation. When the dolphins want to hone in on something or stimulate another dolphin, they put their snout against the skin and buzz. It sounds like a squeaky door."
Malcolm Nicolson, a medicine professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland narrated an incident to prove that dolphins can actually identify the expecting mothers. He said, "For instance, a dolphin that swims with a female trainer before and after she becomes pregnant might well be able to detect a difference in her echo profile or the pattern of sounds returned by echolocation. Dolphins might even have the ability to detect a fetal heartbeat in a woman they have never bumped up against before."
According to a recent study, dolphins can identify shapes through a solid block such as a box. It's good to know that dolphins can also detect pregnancy but giving birth near these animals is definitely not a good idea. It's because these meat-eating mammals can get violent at times.
Mike Walsh, an aquatic animal veterinarian at the University of Florida explained, "It would seem logical that they would have the potential to discriminate between different humans who are pregnant or not. After all, water is the perfect medium for the ultrasound. Still, the Dolphins may not know that what they're seeing inside the pregnant woman is a person."
Marino further added, "We know from other studies that they are very good at going from a visual image to an acoustic image and vice versa. Just as sonograms give people a visual image of their babies; echolocation might give dolphins a mental image of them. By extension, it's quite possible that dolphins can detect pregnancies in other dolphins. Indeed, the animals have been seen buzzing on other pregnant dolphins. Dolphins use echolocation for many different purposes, from communicating in a group to disciplining their offspring. They're always buzzing!"
Marino said, "Baby dolphins, for instance, babble before they learn to make more complex sounds. Their echolocation must be learned as well."
Marino believes that these claims are not at all true. She suspected, "People have reported dolphins acting strangely in the presence of someone with a cancerous tumor. However, there's no evidence to substantiate this claim that dolphins can heal people using echolocation."
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