Takeaways:

  • Researchers have found that bottlenose dolphins rub their bodies against certain coral species for medicinal purposes.
  • The animals rubbed their body on gorgonian coral but mostly used leather corals and sponges on their heads, bellies, and tail fins.
  • By rubbing on the corals, they release a mucus that researchers found contained bioactive compounds, some of which had antibacterial properties.

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