Easy, breezy, beautiful
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s gorgonian coral.
For Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, rubbing against corals might be akin to showering.
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Rubbing behaviors in dolphins have only been documented a handful of times and are not well understood.
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Researchers noticed that the dolphin’s repeated brushing on corals caused them to ooze mucus.
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They found a host of active metabolites with hormonal, antibacterial, and antioxidative properties.
Study co-author Angela Ziltener described the coral reefs in a statement as playgrounds and bedrooms for dolphins. They often wake from naps to rub on corals.
“It’s almost like they are showering, cleaning themselves before they go to sleep or get up for the day.”
Angela Ziltener, in a statement
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