9/01/2011 9:00 AM ET |
Filed under: Dolphins
Flipper's getting feisty!
Researchers in Australia have found that the dolphin population in Perth have learned a new trick - using to tools to catch their food.
There have been rare sightings of this in recent years, but in the last few months, more and more it seems apparent that dolphins are seeing the benefit of using large conch shells to catch food. What they'll do is grab the shell in their beak and shake them above the surface of the water. Doesn't seem like much of an advancement at first, but once researchers looked closer, they found that the shaking movement was to drain the water from the shell, allow the fish trapped inside to subsequently fall into their mouths.
Genius! They've figured out the concept of a spoon! How exciting!
[Image via Ramey Pix.]
Tags: australia, beak, dolphins, fish, sea, water