22 January 2010

Bottlenose dolphins create mud rings

The natural world is endlessly fascinating.  The clip above is from the first episode (Challenges of Life) of the new BBC series Life.  You'll recognize the narrator.

I can't resist appending this quotation:
"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons."
You'll recognize the source.

Via Reddit.


  1. I wonder how much of an "edge" it really gives them. I'm inclined to think they've created a neat game for themselves as much as, if not more than, a hunting strategy per se.

  2. Did they learn this technique while dodging tuna nets?


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