Dolphins In Georgia Fish In A Unique Way
Usually, dolphins are considered as friendly, intelligent animals, and they are an interesting object of observations. In Georgia, they have developed an incredible technique for fishing as they swim in the shallow marsh water at low tide and wait for the fish to hit. When the low tide has reached its lowest point, the hunting begins.
The group of dolphins drives all fishes together and then all of them jump towards the shore at the same time. That creates a wave that washes the fish ashore. The dolphins follow them and quickly snap up their prey before they can slide back into the water. The group is working as a tactical unit. The cooperation and teamwork of several dolphins pay off. However, there are some risks of this tactical maneuver as dolphins could get stuck in the mud of shore. But it seems like they become masters of this technique. The birds have learned to rely on the excellent hunters from the sea and grab the prey that the dolphins leave behind. However, this spectacular hunting can be seen only here, 20 miles outside of Savannah, Georgia. But this is not the only hunting technique developed by dolphins.
Man and Animal Together
The dolphins also cooperate to secure their prey. This exceptional teamwork takes place in front of the Laguna municipality. After all, fishermen and dolphins are targeting the same victim, so here they tend to work together. Instead of competing for food, humans and dolphins have come together. They go hunting together, and that is how it works. The group of dolphins drives fishes towards the coast where the water is more shallow. The fishermen who have gathered with their nets in the waist-high water are already waiting here. The water is cloudy near the coast, as a result, they cannot see their prey. But this is not a problem because the fishermen are watching the path of dolphins. They even give their human partners a sign when it starts. They hit the water with their head or their caudal fin. Then the fishermen start throwing out their nets. That causes the fishermen to break out of their formation that makes it easier for the group of dolphins to catch fishes.
This relationship between humans and dolphins has existed for decades. Researchers have found that this collaborated hunting is lasting since the 1980s. An interesting fact is that the local dolphin population comprises around 60 animals, of which only a few work with the fishermen. These helpers from the animal kingdom spend their time mainly with those dolphins who also participate in the ordinary hunt. It was noticed that the helper dolphins prefer to spend time with other helpers from other groups of dolphins as they travel, play, and hunt together. Scientists now have a hypothesis that dolphins are able to create a social relationship and develop communication between different groups and families of dolphins.