Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Whales lift dolphins out of water in Sea World-like show in the wild

You won't see this during an act at Sea World, even though it does resemble something you might see at Sea World: Whales and dolphins playfully interacting with each other; specifically humpback whales lifting bottlenose dolphins out of the water on their heads off the Hawaiian Islands.

See the dramatic photos for yourself:

The video posted on YouTube by the American Museum of Natural History has gotten 1.45 million page views in just over a month.

More about this whale-dolphin phenomenon from the American Museum of Natural History:
Many species interact in the wild, most often as predator and prey. But recent encounters between humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins reveal a playful side to interspecies interaction. In two different locations in Hawaii, scientists watched as dolphins "rode" the heads of whales: the whales lifted the dolphins up and out of the water, and then the dolphins slid back down. The two species seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress. Whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters often interact, but playful social activity such as this is extremely rare between species. The latest Bio Bulletin from the Museum's Science Bulletins program presents the first recorded examples of this type of behavior.

If only the world could get along so swimmingly.

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1 comment:

  1. That video clip was so cool,
    I never thought that whales and dolphins would interact like that, well maybe they are both playful species and related.


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