Sonia Horon, Global Animal

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In a heartbreaking show of grief, a mother dolphin was recorded carrying her dead calf on her dorsal fin. Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in California noticed the dolphin carrying her dead baby on her back off the shores of Dana Point. 

Captain Dave Anderson noted that this is a very unusual behavior saying, “I believe this calf has been dead for many days, possibly weeks.” He continues, “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.”

Watch the heart-wrenching video below.