Cooperative fishing is considered a cultural tradition in the city of Laguna on Brazil’s southern coast, where the practice dates back more than 140 years and has been passed down through generations of fishers. But continued survival of this tradition is under threat and the synchronized behavior between fishers and dolphins has already gone extinct in a number of places in the region.
The new paper is the result of 15 years of study of the relationship between dolphins and net-casting fishers in this region of Brazil. The researchers’ objective was to understand how fishers and the dolphins work together to catch fish, whether synchronizing their behavior is beneficial, and what the future may hold for this traditional practice.
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