We all have certain ways we like to eat our food. Some people steer clear of mixing the food on their plates and will do anything to keep their mashed potatoes from touching their peas. Others make a special tradition out of how they actually sit down and eat their meals, positioning themselves just so before they take the first bite.
Children learn these little food quirks from a young age when they attempt to play with their food at the dinner table. Oftentimes, kids will try to avoid eating their greens by batting the veggies around on their plate with a fork. Back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon for kids to stuff their unwanted food into their socks so their parents would stop bugging them about eating it.
Well, mammals and animals aren’t much different when it comes to food habits. Some dogs will refuse to eat their kibble without chicken broth drizzled on top, and cats tend to bat their food around and play with it before they consume the tiny little morsels.
Recently, a dolphin was caught displaying a very interesting food habit and it was all caught on video. At first, it just looks like the dolphin is giving an octopus a ride on his snout, but it turns out that there was actually a method to his madness and he was actually attempting to kill the octopus before he ingested it.
Because dolphins don’t have hands, they have to go to extremes when it comes to tackling their prey. If a meal is not completely killed before the dolphin swallows it, then there is a good chance that the dolphin will suffocate, especially when it involves a creature with eight tentacles. And because they have such a short, fused neck, they have to use their whole body to arch their back in order to toss the prey out of the water.
The video shows the dolphin raising his snout in the air and flipping the octopus every which way before smacking it down on the top of the water. While it looks like he is having some fun with his food, he is actually killing it.
Another reason why the dolphin tosses the octopus in the air with such force is to prevent the creature from sticking to his skin and latching onto his body. If the octopus has the chance to latch on, then the dolphin loses his delicious piece of meat that he was planning on eating for lunch.
While dolphins seem like gentle mammals, it turns out that they know how to step up their killing instincts when they really need to. In the photo below, the dolphin actually looks like he is smiling and enjoying a moment with his new friend, but it turns out that the friend is dinner.
One commenter shared a story about an interesting dolphin encounter that he experienced…
“I was in Florida two weeks ago, got to see a dolphin “play” with a stingray before it ate it. It kept tossing it in the air and then retrieving it. The Pelicans were positioning to steal the ray, but then they thought better of it.”
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