Dolphins May Treat Their Skin By Rubbing Against Corals - Study

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins may rub against corals in order to treat skin conditions, according to a new article by scientists from Switzerland, Germany and Egypt

Scientists described how Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins repeatedly rubbed against three distinct types of coral in the northern Red Sea selectively and preferentially

The dolphins used specific coral for specific body parts based on differences in the properties of the coral and the sensitivity of their body parts

For example, their strong head would be rubbed against harder corals. Dolphins in groups would even queue up and take turns rubbing against coral

The scientists found that when the dolphins rubbed against the corals, it caused them to release mucus

Scientist's team analyzedthe mucus and found 17 active metabolites with antibacterial, antioxidative, hormonal and toxic activities

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