Whales Learn to Set Traps

By Deane Barker on September 19, 2005

Clever whale uses fish to catch seagulls: I, for one, welcome our newly intelligent brethren from the sea. Please do not eat me when you grow thumbs like the dolphins.

First, the young whale spit regurgitated fish onto the surface of the water, then sank below the water and waited. If a hungry gull landed on the water, the whale would surge up to the surface, sometimes catching a free meal of his own.

Noonan watched as the same whale set the same trap again and again. Within a few months, the whale’s younger half brother adopted the practice. Eventually the behavior spread and now five Marineland whales supplement their diet with fresh fowl, the scientist said.



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