19 June 2012
Octopus attacks dolphin's genitals. Say what??
If you've ever seen an octopus beak, you can well imagine that this would have been a most uncomfortable experience for the poor dolphin. Every bit the match for an angry cockatoo!
Putting aside that the dolphin attacking the octopus may have been what got it into this situation in the first place...
Apparently it took a couple of jumps before the unwelcome passenger was dislodged.
This brings up interesting questions about dolphin and whale jumping in general. We often assume it is about them just having fun - or a peak at the tourists. But scientists believe it stems from being a reasonably effective way of dislodging barnacles and other - well - unwelcome attachments.
Hope the dolphin's "bits" are on the mend.
The photo is by Greek dolphin researcher Joan Gonzalvo (more photos), and the news is via New Scientist.