14 Jan '12, 4pm

Dolphins and Whales Engage in Rare Interspecies Play (Video)

It may be the dream of many an animal lover to swim with whales or dolphins in the open water as a way of connecting with our ocean-faring mammal counterparts, but it turns out that those two species actually enjoy some quality time with one another, too. In recent years off the coast of Hawaii, biologists recorded several incidents of what appears to be wild humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins getting together for some playful roughhousing at sea -- behavior which researchers say is extremely rare to see, but which suggests an interspecies warmness often not seen in humans. The American Museum of Natural History's Science Bulletin recently outlined the unusual lift-and-slide type game whales and dolphins have been observed enjoying in the wild, describing the discovery as the first of its kind between the two species: Many species interact in the wild, most often as p...

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