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What a tosser: Dolphin snapped playing with octopus

A photo obtained Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 of a dolphin flicking an octopus into the air in Mandurah, Western Australia, Sunday, Feb 21, 2016. The pictures, taken by PHD candidate Krista Nicholson, said the dolphins can occasionally being found doing an ?octopus toss?. (AAP Image/Krista Nicholson) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
A photo obtained Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 of a dolphin flicking an octopus into the air in Mandurah, Western Australia, Sunday, Feb 21, 2016. The pictures, taken by PHD candidate Krista Nicholson, said the dolphins can occasionally being found doing an ?octopus toss?. (AAP Image/Krista Nicholson) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY KRISTA NICHOLSON

KRISTA Nicholson must have flipped out when she saw this dolphin playing with an octopus.

The PhD student snapped these remarkable shots on Sunday in waters off Mandurah in Western Australia.

"It's not unheard of for dolphins to do this, but it's not a regular occurrence," Ms Nicholson said of the mammal's fun in the sun pastime.
KRISTA NICHOLSON

Ms Nicholson has been working on a research project that could lead to Australia adopting a marine mammal protection act.

Part of that is taking genetic samples from Mandurah's dolphins to see how closely they are related to other WA dolphins.

KRISTA NICHOLSON

Topics:  animals dolphin ocean octopus wildlife


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