‘Grieving’ Dolphin

New Zealand officials advised boaters to steer clear of a grief-stricken bottlenose dolphin that had been spotted carrying around her deceased calf for days. It’s believed the calf was stillborn in the Bay of Islands.

“The mother is grieving and needs space and time to do this,” senior ranger of biodiversity Catherine Peters said in the statement. The sighting was reminiscent of a mother orca whale off the coast of British Columbia last July who carried her dead newborn calf for more than two weeks.


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