January 25, 2013

Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin

Linda Poon, National Geographic


AP Photo

In 2011, behavioral ecologists Alexander Wilson and Jens Krause of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Germany were surprised to discover that a group of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)—animals not usually known for forging bonds with other species—had taken in an adult bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).

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TAGGED: Animal Research, Whales, Dolphins

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