“This video depicts a very rare interaction between sperm whales and an adult bottlenose dolphin with a spinal malformation (i.e. scoliosis). This represents the first time this type of non-agonistic (friendly) interaction has been recorded for sperm whales.” - Alexander Wilson
The more I think of it (and I’ve been thinking of it a lot), the more I realise just how amazing that behavior is. Sperm Whales are not prone to forming bonds with other species. This might be relatively common for other whales, but not for Sperm Whales.
Now this particular dolphin might have been picked on and ostracised by other dolphins. Or its malformation simply might have not allowed it to keep up with them. It might have approached the Sperm Whales looking for new ‘travel buddies’, swimming with them, following their path, would have been way easier. So this is clearly convenient for the dolphin.
What’s surprising is that those whales accepted its presence. But there might be an explanation to that as well. There’s calves in that pod (look for the smaller awkward ones). When Sperm Whales swim in big pods they will take turns and while some dive to way deeper waters to hunt, an adult or two will usually stay by the surface with the calves to look after them, until the others come back.
That dolphin might have simply been seen as an extra babysitter, extra protection for their calves in waters full of predators.
So they basically went “Hey you are a little weird, but the kids like you, you can stay and babysit them. There’s Giant Squid leftovers in the fridge, feel free to help yourself”.
For some reason, something possessed Lyndon Antonio Trail (Redskins Player) to ask his followers the unprompted “Why do black athletes marry white women?”.
Anyway, Maserati Rick or whatever (Miami Dolphins) dumb ass, responded with the retort in the picture above.
Why can’t Black Men just date Non Black Women and be happy? They always have to do this foolish shit. From the bottom of my heart I’m asking what is wrong with you? Like, what is wrong? Acting like fucking wounded dogs with your “Black Women won’t let me treat them like shit” retorts.
Good news- the small child was perfectly enchanted by her mermaid surprise unlike the first mermaid party I did where the birthday girl wanted to be as FAR AWAY FROM THE MERMAID AS POSSIBLE
they wheeled me out on a desk chair which was pretty hilarious but actually worked a lot better than a Throne of Dads
and then omfg to get me in the pool
they put me in one of those disability chairs that you sit in and it sloooooowly lowers you into the pool
so I just sat in it, princess-waving for a full 5 minutes while I’m majestically lowered into the water. hilarious
Unlike the last party I actually was SWIMMING the whole time! They plopped me right into the deep end and I paddled around with the kids (who had floaties on and were swimming with their parents). Birthday girl was more than happy to show Marina the Mermaid how she can dunk her head in the water and jump off the side into her mom’s arms (she had just turned 4). Super cute.