Bottle-nosed dolphins have always been regarded as clever, now recent footage has shown a new side to their intelligence: they cook their food.
In a recent underwater dive to examine volcanic vents, a geologist caught a rare glimpse of an underwater barbecue. He was surprised to see dolphins drag their catch down and throwing them over the vent to ‘cook’.
The dolphins would then ascend to catch the cooked fish as they were elevated by the rising hot currents.
“I don’t know where this behaviour comes from,” says Rob Pritami, owner of the footage, “I’m a geologist, not a biologist. I guess it just shows that everyone likes a barbecue – even dolphins!”