Photo: A mother orca carries her dead newborn. Several species of whales show signs of mourning.
Seven species of the marine mammals have been seen clinging to the dead body of a likely friend or relative, a new study says.
Smart and often sociable, whales forge tight bonds with one another. Now it’s clear that those bonds can be stronger than death itself.
More than six species of the marine mammals have been seen clinging to the body of a dead compatriot, probably a podmate or relative, scientists say in a new study.
The most likely explanation for the animals’ refusal to let go of the corpses: grief.