dolphin carries dead calf on back
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Video.

In one of the saddest videos we’ve seen, but one that speaks to animal sentience, a mother dolphin was filmed as she carried her dead calf on her dorsal fin.

Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in California spotted the dolphin, witnessing the mother as she struggled to swim with the calf on her back. Captain Dave Anderson explains, “I believe this calf has been dead for many days, possibly weeks.” He continues, “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 who refuses to let go of her poor calf.”

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://twitter.com/serkalac ? SERKALAC ?(Serkan)

    Mom is every time mom.

  • Kahuna

    Dolphins do cry.