Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back



Whale watchers in Dana Point, Calif., witnessed an unexpected display on Tuesday when they saw a female dolphin carrying her dead calf on her back, according to KTLA-TV.Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari saw the dolphin with something on her back supported by her dorsal fin, and before long identified it as a dolphin calf. “The dolphin – unfortunately, for one reason or another – is no longer alive,” remarked Capt. Dave Anderson as he shot footage.

“I believe this calf has been dead for many days, possibly weeks,” said Anderson. “You can see the flesh is decaying. In my nearly 20 years on the water, whale-watching, I have never seen this behavior. Nor have I ever seen anything quite as moving as this mother who refuses to let go of her poor calf.” Meanwhile,  “The last thing I expected to see today was a funeral procession,” said passenger Tony Green. “It was pretty profound for me to think about the kind of emotions that those animals feel and how much really more alike we are.”

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