18 Jan 2007
Dolphins never fail to amaze me.
If dolphins "farm" Humpback whales, that would be like a human rancher
caring for his "livestock", with a self-serving motive. But dolphins
derive nothing from the Humpback as far as I know. If anything, they might
be considered food-competitors. So, this is an act of pure benevolence on
the part of the dolphins.
Dolphins Save Humpback Calf
Reported from Costa Rica. An observer on a cliff saw a humpback mother
giving birth to a calf. The mother flailed around a long time and appeared
in distress but eventually the baby was born. The mother was so exhausted
she could not attend to her newborn. Suddenly five dolphins appeared and
nudged the baby toward the mother, then helped it stay next to her for
half an hour until the mother was strong enough to resume care of her
The United Nations has declared 2007 to be the Year of the Dolphin and
will conduct worldwide awareness programs related to the plight of
dolphins. The Year of the Dolphin is a part of the UN Decade on Education
for Sustainable Development. The campaign will work towards meeting
targets to reduce the loss of wildlife by 2010 which all governments have
agreed through the UN.