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Porpoises seem to cooperate in sophisticated group hunting


When sailing along on the seas and you suddenly spot a porpoise’s fin in the distance, chances are that you have only encountered a single animal.

Porpoises are most often seen alone, but new research now suggests that they also roam in groups – and even enter into a sophisticated collaboration when hunting.

– The way they collaborate surprises us, because the common perception among biologists is that porpoises roam and hunt alone, says Associate Professor Magnus Wahlberg, who is an expert in marine mammals and heads the Marine Biological Research Centre at the University of Southern Denmark. MORE