21 October 2010

Dolphin and octopus

Today a bottlenose dolphin was making awkward surfacings that attracted our attention.

Initially we though the dolphin was playing with a Cotylorhiza jellyfish—something these animals do from time to time. I took a photo from a distance to find out.

Back at the field station, we did some photo editing and found that it wasn't a jellyfish, but a small octopus. The cephalopod had managed to escape the dolphin's attempt to turn its eigth arms into raw proteins and carbohydrates.

The dolphin was trying to get rid of the octopus attached to its head.

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