Did you know that bottlenose dolphins are incredibly social creatures? They actually travel in packs, known as pods, of 10-15. Within these pods, the dolphins play, hunt, and create child-rearing communities where they help one another raise their calves.
You may have heard they use echolocation to navigate and hunt, but did you know that they’re also highly communicative. Relying upon various methods, including whistling, squeaking, jaw-snapping, and head-butting, they’re able to send messages to other bottlenose dolphins in their pods.
That being said, it might be clear that these animals are also highly intelligent. In fact, they’re one of the smartest animals in the sea, and they use that intelligence to guide their hunting!
In the salt marshes of South Carolina, bottlenose dolphins use an innovative technique to help them catch fish. Using a coordinated attack, a group of dolphins will rush at a school of fish and force them on to land in a team effort to get a bite to eat.
Watch the video to see them in action!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.