Fish-catching trick may be spreading among dolphins
By Elaine Lies | Reuters – Mon, Aug 29, 2011
PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Dolphins in one western Australian population have been observed holding a large conch shell in their beaks and using it to shake a fish into their mouths — and the behavior may be spreading.
Researchers from Murdoch University in Perth were not quite sure what they were seeing when they first photographed the activity, in 2007, in which dolphins would shake conch shells at the surface of the ocean.
"It’s a fleeting glimpse — you look at it and think, that’s kind of weird," said Simon Allen, a researcher at the university’s Cetacean Research Unit.
“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”—Sophia Loren