Dolphins' Recipe for their Octopus Prey (Fair Warning: It Involves Shaking and Tossing!)

Khryss | Published 2017-04-05 23:55
Dolphins are known to be those sea creatures we see jumping in the ocean like they're happily doing a circus performance for those who are watching. From movies to real life, we can't deny how fascinating they are as they dance in the waves and do their seemingly synchronized swimming. While it's obvious that they need to eat for sustenance, a recent video was able to document for the first time how they've managed to devour one of their tasty meals- octopuses. Now try having no arms and eating a live octopus. Such difficult meal can pose a deadly choking hazard with all those tentacles! But here's the nature to amaze us once again- bottlenose dolphins have found a way to do it, risking their lives just to eat this cephalopod.

Kate Sprogis/Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit

“These ones in southwest Australia have worked out: How do we catch them? How do we bite them? And how do we kill them so we can eat them?” said study's lead author Dr. Kate Sprogis. Well, to prepare their meal, the recipe starts with biting off the octopus' head, then shaking and tossing the body to dysfunction its suction cups and lastly, slamming it against the water repeatedly to turn it into more bite-size pieces! (Not so brutal, eh?) So, why go through all the effort? Dr. Sprogis thinks dolphins hunt for octopus opportunistically, or there are nutrients needed that they can’t find elsewhere. (Well, some people go through all the effort just to eat puffer fish for instance. Sounds just about the same to me.) While the behavior above water was caught on the camera, what happens below the surface is also very interesting. And that's exactly what the researchers are trying to know aside from how widespread this octopus-tossing is. I guess dolphins have a thing for hunting! Can't wait to see if they're also using tools equivalent to our knives. Now that's worth noting! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/science/dolphins-toss-shake-eat-octopus.html?_r=0
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