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Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) catch leaping mullet off the west coast of Florida. This population practices a feeding technique that is unique to this region of the world. Known as mud feeding, a group of dolphins work together as a team to herd fish over a shallow mud flat. One dolphin swims a tight circle arounda the fish pumping its tail up and down over the mud creating a perfect mud ring. The mud rises in the water column and panics the fish, causing them to leap from the water. The dolphins simply lift their heads out of the water outside of the ring and catch the leaping fish in the air.
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