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Aussies flip when dolphins bring ‘gifts’ after virus clears beaches

As beach visitors decline the dolphins have been bringing more items to shore in exchange for fish

Giovanni Torre

Dolphins on Queensland’s Cooloola Coast in Australia have reacted to the decline of human visitors to the tourist hot spot by lavishing those who do come with “gifts”.

One 29-year-old male humpback called Mystique was already known for taking occasional items to the shore but in recent weeks he has become dramatically more generous. Mystique has taken to bringing the volunteers at Barnacles Cafe and Dolphin Feeding Centre an array of items every day, including timber, shells and bottles.

Feeding volunteer Lyn McPherson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that Mystique’s activity had increased while the dolphin feeding centre was closed to tourists. “He brings in objects on his rostrum, or beak, and then he carefully presents them to us,” she said. “What we have to do is give him a fish in return. We haven’t trained him, but he has trained us to do this...

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