Researchers found that dolphins use wingmen to find mates.
Those with more buddies have the most sex. Then they return the favor to help the others pull.
A 30-year study of 85 bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, found that young males form friendship groups of four to 14 members that can last for decades.
Those with the strongest bromances edged out rivals, Current Biology magazine reported.
Lead Author Dr. Michael Krützen of the Swiss University of Zurich said: “We speak of these groups as wingmen because they definitely are.
“These boys have known each other since they were weaned from their mothers and they stay in tight groups for years.
“It’s like people where you’re stronger together when you know you can really trust your mate.
“Male cooperation is quite rare and many species would not help someone else because they want to be the father themselves.
“We think these dolphins are helping each other because they have lived together long enough to know they will have many females and all of them can become fathers.” It’s super cool to see.”
dr Krützen said dolphins, who are good friends, often swim close together and even touch their fins “like holding hands.”
The study found that young men are more friends than women, forming friendship groups of four to 14 members that can last for decades.
Playful dolphins have been known to have sex and mate for fun, and they can live up to 60 years.
Livia Gerber, PhD student at the University of Zurich, added: “This is evidence that a man’s long-term success in paternity is influenced by the strength of his social ties.
“Male bottlenose dolphins cooperate to compete with rival alliances for access to females.
“Men with strong social ties produce more offspring than those with weaker ties, and ‘popular’ men enjoy higher paternity success.
“Non-allied males have few, if any, offspring.”
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