Cuvier’s beaked whale seen grieving dead calf for first time

The mother whale (right) touching her head to her dead calf (left)

Gorka Ocio, Verballenas

A female Cuvier’s beaked whale has been observed swimming around her dead calf, touching her head against his and trying to lift his body in an apparent show of grief. This is the first time such grieving behaviour has been documented in a beaked whale.

The pair was spotted by a tour group on board a whale-watching boat 21 kilometres off the coast of Bermeo in the Bay of Biscay in the north of Spain.

“It was very sad …

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