NYPost Dolphins might be considered highly intelligent, but this sea creature wasn’t thinking when he tried to swallow a 4.6-pound octopus whole. The bottlenose’s dinner proved fatal when its tentacles blocked its airways, a post mortem found. The Indo-Pacific mammal – known as Gilligan to marine biologists in the area – was found dead on a beach near Perth in Australia in 2015. A harrowing picture shows octopus arms hanging out of the side of its mouth. But scientists only recently released details of how it died. The findings were published in Marine Mammal Science. In a grim retelling of its final moments, scientists found one tentacle stretching down the dolphin’s esophagus, and the other seven stuck in the back of its throat. Tentacle suckers were gripping the throat walls and had blocked off Gilligan’s airway, causing the dolphin to suffocate. They belonged to a Maori Octopus – the largest found in Australia. Dolphins usually eat fish, but if they do plump , for something exotic like the Maori, they are known to break them up into smaller pieces using a “shake and toss” method.
A dolphin named Gilligan, who was well known to naturalists on the beaches near Perth, Australia decided to stray from its usual diet of fish and eat an Maori octopus, but Gilligan paid the price of trying an exotic meal with its life. When the dolphin attempted to swallow the large octopus whole, the octopus refused to be eaten, it jammed its tentacles down the throat of the dolphin and used its suction to hang on for dear life, which clogged up the dolphin’s esophagus and caused it to suffocate on the octopus. The battle between two of the most intelligent animals in the ocean ended in a stalemate, as both were killed in the struggle, however I give the win to the octopus who refused to go quietly into the dark night.