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Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby tailwaters » February 28th, 2019, 8:59 am

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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby Price3275 » February 28th, 2019, 10:20 am

:thumbup: Awesome... never seen a video of that before.
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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby Big Bend Brian » March 4th, 2019, 9:56 am

Interesting video. Thanks for sharing.
From an energetic standpoint that consumed a lot of energy for that meal.
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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby redcodefsu » March 4th, 2019, 10:08 am

I think the dolphin was mainly playing. Looked like an abundance of food. He was just having fun.
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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby GaryDroze » March 4th, 2019, 12:59 pm

I think you're right. Notice how the dolphin lets the poor fishie go a few times, then grabs it again. Like a game of cat and mouse...with the loser paying with its life.

I'm sure many of you have also seen when dolphins are in serious predator mode, where they do concussive tail slaps to stun and confuse mullet schools. Definitely getting a lot back for their energy expenditure in those scenarios.
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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby MudDucker » March 5th, 2019, 4:14 pm

I watched three large dolphins hunting, herding and feeding this weekend right in front of my place in St. James. It was awesome, but I agree, it sure seemed to be a lot of energy expended.
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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby Ted in Tallahassee » March 6th, 2019, 7:43 am

Fascinating! Man they really work for their food. And it played with it just like a cat with a mouse! I like how the other fish moved right in to try to get a scrap when the target fish was doomed/being played with. Jack crevalle it looked like. They are strong swimmers & hard fighters. Tough nut to crack! I bet it's a lot easier for dolphin to catch & eat trout & reds, which according to scientists eat a whole lot of them.

In another article I was reading on the subject of what inshore bottlenose dolphin eat, some groups of dolphin have learned to eat catfish by biting or tearing them in half (possibly by holding them in their jaws ansd scraping them against the bottom) and eating only the "safe" rear section behind the dorsal/pectoral spines. People would find numbers of front-ends of catfish in areas after dolphin were feeding. The article mentioned that whole catfish are very dangerous for dolphin to eat because they (the spines) can get stuck in their throats, I think it can even kill them.

Smart critters, dolphin.
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Re: Drone footage of a dolphin hunting

Postby Geno67 » March 8th, 2019, 9:30 am

They don't have the jaw strength to bite them in two so they bang them around until torn into small enough pieces to eat.
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