Unique dolphin strategy delivers dangerous octopus for dinner April 3, 2017 A bottlenose dolphin tossing an octopus across the water during feeding off Bunbury. (Photo: Kate Sprogis) New research has highlighted the development of complex behaviours that allow dolphins to eat octopus, thereby improving their ability to survive and reproduce. Dr Kate Sprogis and Dr Holly Raudino from the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit , observed wild bottlenose dolphins in Bunbury (Western Australia) between March 2007 and August 2013, and found they have a unique way to handle and feed on octopus. In an article for The Conversation, the researchers explain how large octopus can be a risky prey for predators to tackle, especially so for marine mammals, such as dolphins, which don’t have hands to help them keep control of this clingy, eight-armed prey. “We observed 45 octopus handling events by dolphins. Most were performed by adults (male and female), although we also saw four juveniles and two calves performing this behaviour,” the authors say. “During these events, dolphins were observed shaking and tossing octopus around at the water’s surface. In some instances, the prey was gripped in the teeth before being slapped down onto the water. “This likely helped both to kill the octopus and to tear it into smaller, more digestible pieces.” To read the full article and watch a video of the dolphins throwing the octopus, click here. The research findings, titled ‘Complex prey handling of octopus by bottlenose dolphins’, can be viewed in Marine Mammal Science. Print This Post Media contact: Luke McManus Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: L.McManus@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: dolphin, dr holly raudino, dr kate sprogis, marine mammal science, mucru, murdoch university cetacean research unit, octopus, the conversation Comments (2 responses) Unique dolphin strategy delivers dangerous octopus for dinner – All-Daily-News April 5, 2017 […] Print This Post […] Unique dolphin strategy delivers dangerous octopus for dinner – All-In Live News April 5, 2017 […] Print This Post […] Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!