Isn’t the ocean marvellous?
A place where the unimaginable is a regular occurrence. Like this video of a humpback whale and calf swimming behind a dolphin and a calf. It’s the underwater version of the morning school run. Maybe after dropping the kids off the mother cetaceans will grab some plankton and squid together?
All jokes aside, this is some amazing footage shot from a birds eye view. Check it out below.
This isn’t the first time dolphins and whales have been spotted interacting together, and actually, according to researchers it’s pretty old news.
Biologists have observed bottle nose dolphins in Hawaii lying leisurely across the top of whales heads for a while as they use the whales enormous head as a slippery dip. Yep, it’s a thing.
Dolphins use the humpback whales giant heads as a slide, and get lifted out of the water as the whale brings it head to the surface. Then these fun-loving dolphins just slide right back in to the ocean to do it all over again. See what we mean about the ocean dishing up unimaginable sights?
Experts in the field, such as the team at the American Museum of Natural History, have said that as the two species seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress it seemed to be a social activity. In a single word – play. You can see dolphin x whales slip and slide fun in the clip below.
While on a dive live aboard in Tonga I myself watched as a pod of dolphins and whales interacted together, jumping out of the water and splashing around in one big joyful group. Species interaction in the wild usually consists of one animal getting eaten by another, so animals spending time with one another just to play is something seen very rarely.
Dolphins and humpback whales are amazing animals for us to spend some time with underwater, too. Swimming with humpback whales is one of those awe-inspiring moments where all you can hear is your heart thudding in your chest while you simultaneously hold your breath out of excitement at being so close to one of the ocean’s gently giants.
Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic shelters a tranquil bay and is one of the best places in the Caribbean to observe humpback whales that come here to mate and give birth from January through March. January? That’s only a few months away! Start 2016 with a bang and book a dive liveaboard in the Dominican Republic? so you can come face to face with these enormous creatures.