How Dolphins Create Mud “Nets” To Catch Fish

In the following 90-second clip, courtesy of BBC Earth’s One Life, a pod of bottlenose dolphins demonstrate their immense hunting ability. Having realised that fish are easier to capture when out of water, a female dolphin, while being shadowed by her remaining pod, swims in a circle while simultaneously beating her tail against the seabed, the result of which is a shoal of fish being enclosed within a plume of mud, whereby creating a mud “net” and causing said fish to leap from the water and into the mouths of the hungry predators.

Known as one of the smartest animals on the planet, with an encephalisation quotient — the brain size compared to the average for a particular body size — second only to humans, the dolphin has evolved to survive through forming complex social networks that hunt, ward off predators and raise offspring together.