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Dolphins form life raft to help dying friend

12:21 25 January 2013
by

Michael Marshall
Everybody's favourite cetacean just got a little more
lovable. For the first time, dolphins have been spotted teaming up to
try to rescue an injured group member. The act does not necessarily mean
dolphins are selfless or can empathise with the pain of their kin,
however.
Kyum Park of the Cetacean Research Institute
in Ulsan, South Korea, and colleagues were surveying cetaceans in the
Sea of Japan in June 2008. They spent a day following a group of about
400 long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis).

In the late morning they noticed that
about 12 dolphins were swimming very close together. One female was in

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Added: Jan-26-2013 Occurred On: Jan-26-2013
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