Humpback whales rescuing animals from orcas

Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

Scientists are baffled at this seemingly altruistic behavior, which seems to be a concerted global effort to foil killer whale hunts.

BRYAN NELSON

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Humpback whale to the rescue? (Photo: Wiki Commons)

Humans might not be the only creatures that care about the welfare of other animals. Scientists are beginning to recognize a pattern in humpback whale behavior around the world, a seemingly intentional effort to rescue animals that are being hunted by killer whales.

Marine ecologist Robert Pitman observed a particularly dramatic example of this behavior back in 2009, while observing a pod of killer whales hunting a Weddell seal trapped on an ice floe off Antarctica. The orcas were able to successfully knock the seal off the ice, and just as they were closing in for the kill, a magnificent humpback whale suddenly rose up out of the water beneath the seal.

This was no mere accident. In order to better protect the seal, the whale placed it safely on its upturned belly to keep it out of the water. As the seal slipped down the whale’s side, the humpback appeared to use its flippers to carefully help the seal back aboard. Finally, when the coast was clear, the seal was able to safely swim off to another, more secure ice floe.

Another event, involving a pair of humpback whales attempting to save a gray whale calf from a hunting pod of orcas after it had become separated from its mother, was captured by BBC filmmakers. You can watch the dramatic footage here:

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this behavior is that it’s not just a few isolated incidents. Humpback whale rescue teams have been witnessed foiling killer whale hunts from Antarctica to the North Pacific. It’s as if humpback whales everywhere are saying to killer whales: pick on someone your own size! It seems to be a global effort; an inherent feature of humpback whale behavior.

After witnessing one of these events himself back in 2009, Pitman was compelled to investigate further. He began collecting accounts of humpback whales interacting with orcas, and found nothing short of 115 documented interactions, reported by 54 different observers between 1951 and 2012. The details of this surprising survey can be found in the journal Marine Mammal Science.

In 89 percent of the recorded incidents, the humpbacks seemed to intervene only as the killer whales began their hunt, or when they were already engaged in a hunt. It seems clear from the data that the humpback whales are choosing to interact with the orcas specifically to interrupt their hunts. Among the animals that have been observed being rescued by humpback whales were California sea lions, ocean sunfish, harbor seals, and gray whales.

So the question is: Why are humpback whales doing this? Since the humpbacks seem to be risking their own well being to save animals of completely different species, it’s hard to deny that this behavior seems altruistic.

There is also some reason to believe that the behavior isn’t entirely selfless. Mature humpback whales are too large and too formidable to be hunted by orcas themselves, but their calves are vulnerable. Orcas have been witnessed hunting humpback whale calves in much the same way that they hunt gray whale calves. So, by proactively foiling orca hunts, perhaps the humpbacks are hoping to make them think twice about messing with their own calves.

Then again, maybe it’s just as simple as revenge. Even if it has more to do with revenge than altruism, though, the behavior would represent evidence of an intense and complicated emotional life among humpbacks that is unprecedented in the animal world, outside of primates.

One common feature among many humpback whale rescue efforts is that the humpbacks often work in pairs. Scientists will need to do more research into this behavior, though, to truly understand the significance of it.

Until then, these beautiful animals, which are perhaps best known for their majestic songs, have certainly earned some additional respect. They might just be the ocean’s most ferocious and selfless first-responders.

I found this article to be heart warming and very interesting. Animals have been acting just a little different that usual and this is just one example. There are several possible reasons and I hope scientists keep watching to see what they can learn.We have so much to learn about wild animals and how they inter-relate and communicate. It is fascinating that they have found in completely isolated areas in different spots in the world, completely new species of insects and animals. They are completely new, but how and why? Is Mother Earth trying to heal herself despite all the damage we continue to do? Just what could she so if we worked with her instead of against her?

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When injustice becomes law…Gaza teaches Resistance as the only law.

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I have always loved this quote : ” When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance becomes Duty ” .
Thanks to Gaza , it became worthy of stating again .
Despite all the murders ,
the destruction.
The unprecedented failure of humanity,
yet again.
Despite the conspiracies of the world,
east and west.
The treason of brothers,
the treachery of the beloved.
Gaza managed to stand up and alone.
Defeating the defeat of humanity .
Retaining the courage of the cowardice world.
Proving once and again ..
that Resistance is an obligation
when injustice is the law.

Resistance!!!!

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Don Luccini’s Daughter (100 Words)

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Don Luccini’s Daughter

A man in control of his universe, Don Gino Luccini’s accent caressed every syllable, “Why are you here?”

Ray Gamba admired Sofia Luccini’s portrait. “To bring this killer to justice.”

“Forget justice.” The angry Mafioso smirked. “Bring him to me.”

Gamba squirmed. The alluring young lady in the painting appears to look back at him.

“I will pay you handsomely for delivering Sofia’s killer.”

“Forget your dirty money,” he cursed. Luccini would never understand I loved his daughter.

“Detective, you have no idea how I feel.”

Gamba sighed, if you only knew how I feel after accidentally shooting your daughter.

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Tears That Never Seem To Fall

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Tears That Never Seem To Fall

Amanda is no different
than you or me.
She wears a mask
that always keeps a smile.
It prevents the tears
that never seem to fall.
On rainy days
she sits by the window.
Gazing at her reflection
in the window pane.
It appears as if
the drops of rain are
streaming down her face.

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An Inspiring Indian Dad and Husband

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This story will touch your heart, maybe even your tears. Aditya Tiwari is an amazing young man. First he was the youngest man in India to adopt a child at the age of 25. And if that was not enough, the little boy has Down Syndrome. We have been to several large and beautiful wedding celebrations in India which continue for seven days. From the picture it appears to me they could have had the days of celebrating with food, parties, fireworks but see how they chose to celebrate. . . . . . .

So much in the news highlights people who have been blessed with money being selfish and not blessing others with their gifts. Please watch and discover Aditoya’s generous spirit. . . . . the kind, gracious, loving spirit we saw in action with our own eyes while we were in India! Be inspired and do what you are able to “love your neighbor and do for the least of these!”

Here is one of my favorite posts and there are many more !

https://talesalongtheway.com/?s=Four+Rickshaw+Drivers

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Sonríe!!!!

Hay una separación pequeña

entre los labios

cuando sonríes,

separación

que se vuelve enorme

cuando gritas.

Te separas,

como tus labios,

cuando gritas;

Te acercas,

como tus labios,

cuando sonríes.

No grites,

sonríe!!!!

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Moonlight

I am awakened from diaphanous dreams

by the strain of a moonlight sonata.

From the window the heavens are

filled with pin-point diamonds that

glitter from dew drops sprinkled

across velvet fields of deep blue grasses.

Slipping through the sheers of windows

my bare feet rush through clusters

of allegories, magical myths, and

majestic collages that I have wandered

since childhood.

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