“Its mother still stayed with it & carried it day & night, which has touched all of us & the tourists.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 21, 2012
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A Mother’s Heroic, Heartbreaking Love.

Let’s remember: animals have feelings, too.

On July 8, a mother dolphin was spotted with her calf in Sanniang Bay of Qinzhou City in Southern China. The mother appeared to be helping her calf stay afloat. And when a tourist vessel got close enough to see the baby, they saw that it was dead.

It had a long cut across its belly, probably from a boat propeller. Tourist boats often go dolphin spotting in nearby waters.

The calf looked like it had been dead for several days.

[ Mr. Su, Fisherman]: “The little dolphin was dead for two or three days, but its mother still stayed with it and carried it day and night, which has touched all of us and the tourists. Just like human beings, dolphins also have feelings. A mother’s love is noble and moving.”

Similar behavior in mother dolphins has been documented by an Italian scientist since 2007.

After several encounters with dolphins mourning their dead or nearly dead, scientists are starting to think that not only do dolphins grieve, they are also aware of their own mortality.

Via Daily What, excerpt:

fisherman in China witnessed a dolphin mom “battling to keep her dead calf afloat” for…several days.

Fisherman Luo Lieqiangre, who witnessed the dolphin mourning, said he and tourists watched as the calf fell off its mother’s back several times. (Here’s the requisite video. Heads up — it’s slightly graphic.)

“The sea was rough when we saw the dolphins,” he said.

The dead animal had a gash on its belly about a foot long, likely from a boat propeller.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to ““Its mother still stayed with it & carried it day & night, which has touched all of us & the tourists.””

  1. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: WOW.

  2. Lynn says:

    Dolphin baby injured by BOAT propeller … tourist BOATS take people out to see the dolphins. is this the result of tourism? disgustingly ironic.

  3. Debbie says:

    Was not happy to see how they were almost chasing her down (you could see how close the boat was). Talk about a lack of respect for another species – we really don't play well with others 🙁

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