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Death by Octopus Is a Grisly Dietary Hazard for Dolphins

Eating an octopus can result in a highly unpleasant death for a dolphin unless the cephalopod is well and truly dismembered or rendered inert.

Adult male Tursiops aduncus (“Gilligan”) as found on the beach. | Dr. Nahiid Stephens/Murdoch University
Dr. Nahiid Stephens/Murdoch University
Macroctopus maorum, familiarly known as the Maori octopus. | Luis. A. Henríquez/Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
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