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Autogrooming in the bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus

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While diving off Fort Lauderdale, Florida, two wild Turisops truncatus were observed rubbing their heads and bodies on and against colonies of the sponge, Ircinia campana. We speculate that the properties of I. campana make it the ideal tool for autogrooming.
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Affiliations: Marine and Coastal Programs, Dial Cordy and Associates, Inc., 1011 Ives Dairy Road, Suite 210, Miami, Florida 33179

Appeared or available online: June 20, 2018

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