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.
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“It’s almost like they are showering, cleaning themselves before they go to sleep or get up for the day.”