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[Merged]Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin

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Sperm whales are fierce squid hunters, but they also have a softer side. In a serendipitous sighting in the North Atlantic, researchers have discovered a group of the cetaceans that seem to have taken in an adult bottlenose dolphin with a spinal malformation, at least temporarily. It may be that both species simply liked the social contact.

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All that stuff at the end of the article. It's like they just can't accept that they could have become good friends. Nothing more.

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~SO SWEET<3

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With that twisted spine, and the tail-fin bent to the left of the rest of the body, one would think he could only swim in circles.

He can use all the friends he can get, poor fellow.

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Creatures are truely amazing

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I notice a lot of dolphin stories and here's yet another. It's extra amazing because these whales typically aren't nice to other species in the ocean...

Toronto-born behavioural ecologist Alexander Wilson has discovered an unlikely friendship in the North Atlantic.

A group of sperm whales have apparently adopted a bottlenose dolphin with a spine deformity, swimming alongside him and at times nuzzling and rubbing up against him, at least temporarily.

Wilson and partner Jens Krause of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin made the discovery in 2011 while observing sperm whales about 15 to 20 kilometres off the island of Pico in the Azores.

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What a story (well, two threads merged to one), because how much this fascinates us. It comes to show whales and dolphins have compassion toward each other, the whales became the dolphin's parents to raise it as their own. Dolphins have shown interest and loyality to humans in captivity, which is important for the development of research in animals capable of working with humans.

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