Is this video of a dolphin funeral procession?

grieving-dolphins.jpg.pngThe Orange County whale watch boat that has been providing lots of great video of offshore sea life today has posted footage of a bottlenose dolphin appearing to swim with a dead calf on its back, while other dolphins in the pod slowly accompany the first. The people watching the scene sounded pretty moved. "I believe this calf has been dead for many days, possibly weeks," says boat captain Dave Anderson. "You can see the flesh is decaying. In my nearly twenty years on the water whale watching I have never seen this behavior. Nor have I ever seen anything quite as moving as this mother who refuses to let go of her poor calf."

On board the boat, passenger Tony Green says, "the last thing I expected to see today was a funeral procession and it was a pretty profound statement about the emotions that those animals feel and how much … alike we are." Hat tip to Peter Thomas.

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