[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Deborah Smith
deborah.smith@unsw.edu.au
61-047-849-2060
University of New South Wales

A Bottlenose Dolphin with a Sponge

Caption: Some bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay in Western Australia put sponges on their rostrums to use as tools to forage. A study of the dolphins has shown social behavior can shape the genetic makeup of this wild animal population.

Credit: Image: Simon Allen

Usage Restrictions: In association with a report on the research

Related news release: Cultural hitchhiking: How social behavior can affect genetic makeup in dolphins


[ Back to EurekAlert! ]