Toward the end of "Jurassic Park," the park's game warden is hunting down an escaped velociraptor when he's ambushed from the side by a second dinosaur - and then it's over as soon as you could utter "Clever girl."
Clever might not be the first word that comes to mind when describing crocodiles and alligators, who remain remarkably similar, body-wise, to their prehistoric ancestors who lived alongside dinosaurs. But calling crocodilians clever is more accurate than you might think, despite the fact a gator brain weighs about the same as a deck of cards. A handful of eyewitness reports collected by Vladimir Dinets, an ecologist at the University of Tennessee, indicate that alligators and crocodiles can band together to collaboratively catch prey.
As part of his PhD research studying crocodile communication, Dinets noticed several instances of what appeared to be crocodilians hunting in groups. He also encountered stories of cooperative hunting in crocs and alligators, some dating back to the 19th century. "I immediately started seeing all kinds of behavior that had never been described in scientific literature," he tells The Dodo in an email.