Dolphins Form “Life Raft” to Try to Save Dying Companion


For the first time caught on video, Korean-based scientists witnessed a group of dolphins trying to help another dying dolphin by forming a “life raft.”

Details of the behavior are reported in the journal Marine Mammal Science.

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Reference: “An unusual case of care-giving behavior in wild long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis) in the East Sea” by Kyum J. Park, Hawsun Sohn, Yong R. An, Dae Y. Moon, Seok G. Choi and Doo H. An, 18 January 2013, Marine Mammal Science.
DOI: 10.1111/mms.12012

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