Takeaways:

  • While swimming in the Port of Madelena, Ashley Ward saw a pod of sperm whales and among them was an adult bottlenose dolphin.
  • The dolphin had a pronounced curved spine which meant it may not have been able to keep up with its own species and decided to have a social life with the whales.
  • Sperm whales live in matrilineal social groups, and in the observations Ashley saw, the matriarch lavished some attention on the dolphin which suggests it was an accepted as a member of their group.

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