24 Jan '13, 6pm

Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Bottlenose Dolphin

Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Bottlenose Dolphin

Berlin-based scientists Alexander Wilson and Jens Krause 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 witnessed a bottlenose dolphin nuzzling and rubbing up against a group that included several whale calves. Over an eight day period, the ecologists said that the whales seemed to tolerate and even reciprocate the dolphin’s affection. “It really looked like they had accepted the dolphin for whatever reason…they were being very sociable,” said Wilson.

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