With all the negative news out there, I thought it would be a great time to share some good news. Share the Good News will be a weekly thing, so I hope you enjoy it! And if you have good news you’d like us to share, send us a message.
The endangered Indus River dolphin is making a comeback. This dolphin is one of only four freshwater dolphins left on Earth. Dams, water pollution, and industrial waste have posed a threat to these creatures. Fortunately, a government conservation program has educated local communities and rescued stranded dolphins, and their population is steadily increasing, yay! In 1972, there were only 132 Indus River dolphins. Today, there are almost 2,000!!
I am about to start my journey to medical school, so this story was uplifting to see! A mother and daughter graduated from medical school this past year and found out they were matched at the same hospital for their residency programs. Cynthia, the mother, had dreams of being a physician but became pregnant with Jasmine, the daughter, and had to put her plans on the back-burner. She didn’t stop chasing her dreams and inspired her daughter to follow the path of medicine as well. Although they went to different medical schools, they have been reunited for the next few years as they finish up their training. How cool!
We already talked about river dolphins, now let’s take a look at what is going on with dolphins in the ocean. I am sure you’ve heard bottlenose dolphins are fascinating and intelligent creatures; they help injured dolphins resurface for air, have their own language, and are one of the few creatures that have sex for pleasure. Anywho, dolphins can also engage in social learning with peers in a practice called shelling. Researchers have only seen such social learning with humans and other great apes. How neat is that? They are like the humans of the sea.