This was incredible to document today – a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin repeatedly catching and releasing a Chum Salmon.
We chanced upon this today when getting Humpback Whale data and being on standby in case of entanglement during the Chum fishery. The dolphin repeatedly let the salmon go and would then chase it again. Do not know the ultimate fate of the salmon but species “playing” with prey allows for learning. For our Marine Education & Research Society work to monitor whales see http://www.mersociety.org/conservation.htm.