23 Sep '11, 10pm

Dolphins use tools to catch their food. Amazing. #dolphins #animals

Dolphins use tools to catch their food. Amazing. #dolphins #animals

Proving once again humans aren’t the only animals to use tools, Australian researchers documented bottlenose dolphins using conch shells to capture fish . Once the conchs contained small fish, the dolphins swam with them to the water’s surface, and raised them above to shake the water out, leaving their prey to slide into their mouths. What’s more, the same scientists believe it is possible the dolphins are learning the conch fishing method by observing and imitating one another. Learning is another behavior chiefly associated with humans, but the Murdoch University research is another blow to that human-centric view. To put it simply, scientists are gradually overturning the outdated and false notion that humans are the only intelligent species on the planet, and animals are merely dumb beasts. The Murdoch research team acknowledges their research into how the dolphin fis...

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