Sperm Whales Steal Cod Off Deep Sea Fishing Lines

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Image via Live Science video

As easy as plucking fruit from a tree, sperm whales can steal cod off deep sea fishing lines. And they've been caught red handed, er, finned, on video!Deep-sea fishing lines off Sitka, Alaska have been the source for a quick snack for sperm whales swimming nearby. They pinpoint the cod drifting on the lines with their echolocation skills, shake the line until a fish comes free, then snap up the fish without difficulty.

Scientists recorded the thieving in order to better understand how the whales use echolocation. But I think it also proves whales are friggin smart.

Check out the video of the whales here on Live Science, and get a few more details from Discovery News.
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