Dolphin Skincare: How These Sea Mammals Seem to Self-Medicate Their Skin

For skin care like a cetacean, you’re going to need corals, sponges and the ability to hold your breath for a long time.

Dolphins lining up at the gorgonian coral reef spa. Video by Angela Ziltener.

In the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, bottlenose dolphins barrel through a soft, bushy coral. Looks like fun, but maybe it’s medicine.

Dolphins may rub on specific corals and sponges to treat their skin, researchers reported Thursday in the journal iScience. These stationary sea creatures may serve as drive-by pharmacies, dispensing a chemical cocktail that could treat bacterial or fungal infections or support skin health. The scientists said that cetaceans have not been observed

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