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Whale, Dolphins Frolic Together Near Hawaii (Video)

Feb. 13, 2012

Staff -- HispanicBusiness Inc.

Humpback whale
Humpback whale

A humpback whale and bottlenose dolphins were videotaped playing together off the coast of Hawaii recently. Animals of different species rarely play together in the wild, according to scientists.

The incident was the first recorded instance of humpback whales lifting dolphins out of the water, GrindTV reported.

On two different occasions, whales and dolphins were seen engaging in what seemed to be a game off the coasts of Kauai and Maui. The whales gently lifted the dolphins out of the water, and the dolphins slid down the whale's head and into the water again.

Interactions between species in the wild are usually between diner and dinner, according to the American Museum of Natural History, but in this instance neither the whales nor the dolphins seemed aggressive or distressed.

Here's the video:

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