Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin: Report

Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin: Report

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A group of sperm whales in the eastern Atlantic Ocean appear to have temporarily adopted a dolphin with a spinal deformation. Scientists spotted the unlikely friends near the Azores Islands, an archipelago about 900 miles off the coast of Portugal. According to a recent report in Science Magazine, two behavioral ecologists from German marine research firm Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries watched the adult bottlenose dolphin with an S-shaped spine “while it nuzzled and rubbed” against a group of sperm whales that were traveling together. The magazine notes that the sperm whales even “reciprocated” the contact.


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