29 Mar '13, 9pm

Grieving dolphin carries the body of its dead calf (Video)

Grieving dolphin carries the body of its dead calf (Video)

While it may be true that wildlife behaviorists still have a lot to learn about what how the emotional lives of animals compares with our own , feeling empathy towards other species, it would seem, requires no advanced degree or special training. On a recent trip off the coast of southern California, a group of whale watchers chanced upon a rare and heartbreaking sight . As a pod of bottlenose dolphins passed nearby, their captain, Dave Anderson, spotted one adult dolphin carrying the body of a deceased calf upon its dorsal fin -- apparently unwilling to part with its lifeless offspring. YouTube /Screen capture "I believe this calf has been dead for many days, possibly weeks," says Anderson "You can see the flesh is decaying. In my nearly twenty years on the water whale watching I have never seen this behavior. Nor have I ever seen anything quite as moving as this mother w...

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