Study finds Humpback whales will protect seals from killer whales

Picture this: A pod of orcas is hunting seals, and just when it looks like the seals are out of luck a humpback whale comes to the rescue. This example of altruism (noun: the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others) is common among humans, but has proven to be less common in the animal world.

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Though a recent study has found that humpback whales do practice altruism by rushing to the aid of a seal under attack from a pod of orcas. Some researchers believe that this behavior is tied to the humpback whales drive to keep hunting orcas away from their own young, but in the process countless other seals are saved.

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