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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

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

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