Friday, August 12, 2011

Pilot whale carrying its dead baby

This morning some or our passengers got to see an interesting but very sad thing. As they were watching a group of pilot whales a female was seen carrying its dead baby. These photos show how the mother was carrying the dead baby on its pectoral fin:

It was a very sad moment for our passengers and ofcourse for the mother who had lost the calf but did not seem to want to let it go. This has been witnessed before in the wild with several dolphin species and shows us that these animals are more human than previously thought. Dolphins and whales are very social animals and the bond between a mother and calf is particularly strong. This event shows that dolphins grieve just like humans do. Although it was sad to see it also makes us wonder how much more we can learn from these amazing intelligent animals.

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