“Incredibly interesting” are the words Professor Simon Lovestone an old age psychiatrist at Oxford University uses to describe a study of dolphins with dementia.
It is a collaboration between researchers in Florida and Scotland based on examining the brains of dolphins washed up on a beach in Spain. Laura Phipps of Alzheimer’s Research UK commented “It is fascinating and could provide valuable insight into the disease”.
Of course, as always, much more research is needed before any useful conclusions can be drawn. All the researchers will no doubt be prepared to do the vital work, if someone coughs up the money. Possible further subject areas include:-
- Why dolphins like Spain ? This is a three year study which will need the researchers to spend a lot of time on the Costa Del Sol, waiting for the dolphins to wash up.
- The Scottish team wish to examine the links between dolphins, whiskey and forgetfulness.
- In Florida they want to research if dolphins are safer staying in theme parks remembering tricks, rather than swimming in the open sea forgetting things.
All the Universities agreed to do collaborative research on luxury hotels.
Meanwhile the Government Dolphin Scientific Study Commission has recommended, as a preliminary precaution against dementia:-
ALL PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65 SHOULD SWIM IN THE SEA EVERY DAY AND EAT A LOT MORE RAW FISH.