Wild Dolphins Give Gifts To Researchers Studying Them In Tangalooma, Australia

Wild Dolphins Give Gifts To Researchers Studying Them In Tangalooma, Australia

‘Tis the season for giving, but in Australia, wild dolphins have been documented offering gifts to the researchers studying them for quite some time.

We hope those “gifts” came with a receipt, though, as the offerings seem likely to trigger the gag reflex in some humans. So far, the presents include eels, tuna, squid, at least one octopus and a variety of other fin fish. Discovery News reports the gifts are highly valued food sources for dolphins.

The first gift, from an adult male dolphin named Fred, was a dead moray eel, offered in July 1998, the Daily Mail notes.

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