Dolphins Follow a Recipe for Cuttlefish

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Bottlenose dolphin have previously gone sponging in order to hunt down prey items, but no one realized they also had a recipe for success when it comes to dining on cuttlefish. Behold: Preparing the Perfect Cuttlefish Meal: Complex Prey Handling by Dolphins.

Observations of a single female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) yielded the insight that dolphins in the waters off South Australia often strip out the ink as well as cuttlebone from cuttlefish before consuming them. While researchers have witnessed other species of dolphins breaking up larger prey items, they havent exactly seen the animals make specific alterations to their meals to make them more palatable!

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One Comment to “Dolphins Follow a Recipe for Cuttlefish”

  1. We keep on finding out how much smarter the rest of the animal kingdom is than we previously thought, and dolphins are at the top of the list. I saw my first one jump completely out of the water earlier this summer.