Newly Discovered Dolphin Spits at Prey

A new species of dolphin dubbed the snubfin has been witnessed displaying some very unusual feeding behavior off the northern coast of Australia. Apparently the dolphins were witnessed chasing fish to the surface of the water and then streaming jets of water out of their mouths to round the fish up before eating them.

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I'm more of a Copenhagen mammel, myself.

"This incredibly unusual behavior, first seen in Australia off the Kimberley Coast, has only been noted before in Irrawaddy dolphins, which are closely related to this species," Lydia Gibson of WWF Australia told the Northern Territory News.

The snubfin was discovered officially in 2005.

Video of the snubfin in action below the fold...

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Shy creaters... afraid of boats... so let's shoot one.

(I find it hard to believe that dolphinolgists have not learned to extract DNA from feces)

Funny that the news reporter calls the recordings of the vocalizations "sound bites"

is it just me or does it look like a beluga with a tan?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the snubfin and the irrawaddy dolphin the same thing?

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By hannah sitarski (not verified) on 02 Mar 2010 #permalink