Monday, 27 October 2014

New breed of dolphins venture on land in hunt for food

Scientists have revealed that dolphins have started to venture on land in their pursuit of food.

Australian Humpback Dolphins, which were only classed as a species a few months ago, were discovered to display the incredible behaviour after a group of researchers tracked their movements.

A team from Australia’s Southern Cross University were following a pod of Dolphins up the Fitzroy River, Queensland, in September when splashing was heard in the distance.

When the group got closer, they discovered that the dolphins were engaged in strand-feeding (when they come to the shore in their pursuit of food).

Daniele Cagnazzi, a member of the research team, told Business Insider Australia:

‘The humpback dolphins were observed swimming a few meters away from and parallel to the shoreline. This behaviour probably allows dolphins to concentrate fish against the mud bank before charging at them at high speed’.

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