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Dolphin Pair Bonds

Dolphin pair bonds

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Male bottlenose dolphins often develop a life­long friendship called a “pair­ bond” with another adult male. The two, or sometimes three, males socialize, feed, seek female mates, and travel between pods together for extended periods, often for the duration of their lives. Should a dolphin male’s pair ­bond die, he will try to pair up with another male who has lost his pair­ bond.