But swimming with dolphins, or dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT) as it is scientifically known, may not actually have any mental or physical health benefits to human beings at all, according to new research.
Now there\’s a surprise, eh? Swimming with dolphins is definitely fun, but health benefits other than swimming or having fun? Who thought that one up?
In 2005, a University of Leicester team tested the effect of regular swimming sessions with dolphins on 15 depressed people in a study carried out in Honduras and published in the British Medical Journal.
The team found that symptoms improved more among this group than among another 15 who swam in the same area but did not interact with dolphins.
But did they test it against other forms of exercise and other forms of having fun?