A dolphin can emit sounds that bounce off objects in the environment, returning to the dolphin and helping it identify its surroundings. This echolocation acts as a form of ultrasound, the same as the technology that doctors use to image developing human fetuses. Using echolocation, dolphins might be able to detect a pregnant woman’s developing fetus, some experts say.
Dolphins emit sounds in their environment and listen to the echoes that return — a process that helps them identify the shapes and locations of objects. Doctors use a similar technique to image a developing human baby. Both involve ultrasound — high-pitched pulses of sound above the range of human hearing.
“I think it’s extremely plausible [dolphins] would be able to detect a fetus,” said Lori Marino, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta who studies cetacean intelligence. However, “you’d have to really do a well-controlled study to make a definitive statement,” she cautioned.
EDITED to ADD: We discovered a new mom on our Instagram account, Stacey Flaska, who shared that when she vacationed in Mexico in 2012, she had already been told by doctors that she would have a difficult time conceiving. That March, her ailing grandad asked her if she was going to make him a great granddad soon. During a swim with the excursions adventure on her trip, one dolphin stayed on her constantly and its trainer asked her if she was pregnant. She got offended initially because she had just slimmed down for the trip. On her way back to her hotel, she stopped by a pharmacy in Mexico and took a pregnancy test and discovered she WAS indeed pregnant! She had conceived in April 2012. Between the dolphin and grandad’s intuition, they were right! She gave birth to her son Mason last December 23, 2012 but sadly her grandpa never got a chance to meet Mason in the flesh as he passed before he was born. But she said, that “goes to show that when there is a will, there’s a way and if a baby is meant to be it will be”