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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Humpback whales intervene in orca attack on gray whale calf

This may be the first recorded case of a pod of humpbacks trying to intervene when a pod of orcas were attacking a Gray whale calf off Monterey, California.

According to Dr. Lori Morino, senior lecturer in neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, and renowned expert in the cognitive ability of whales and dolphins says "....these whales are apparently demonstrating a high level of sensitivity and concern (morality, if you will) that is laudable in any species."

The presence of Von Economo neurons in the brains of whales may indicate that they are capable of higher-order thinking and feeling making them more like us humans than we originally thought. 

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/324348

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