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Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

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

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:

[link to www.mnn.com]
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Wow! Incredible article and video.

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Incredible catch, OP! Thanks!

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Humpback whales FTW!

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Perhaps reincarnation is at play?

Animal loving humans coming back as animals to do their good in a different way.
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Great thread, better than all this Clinton worship.
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I bet the orcas are working with isis.
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Might be a form of asymmetrical warfare. Killer whales, might target humpback whales, when they are young. So, humpback whales that survive, will perpetually view killer whales as an enemy.
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Trumpback Whales save the day!

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The Oreo cookie was named after the Orca, with similar spelling and both are black and white.
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Fucking humpbacks.
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Lesson:
Whales protecting whales, human beings protecting human beings.
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No. way.

really? wow, amazing
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Lovely to see the humpback whale is an altruistic animal.

Many land animals display altruistic kind behaviour towards other animals, its lovely to see it in sea creatures.
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Where were the cum whales during all this?
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Amazing. Thanks for sharing hf
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The human killer whale's days are numbered. We are on to you predators.

The animals have our backs.
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Orca lives matter
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Amazing stuff

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That's very cool. Thanks for a nice story to start the day!
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Where were the cum whales during all this?
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Where were the cum whales during all this?
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If only humans had eyes to see.
Thank you OP....great way to start the day!
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