In this recent thrilling footage shot overhead from a drone, we see a mother whale and mother dolphin going for a swim with their babies.
This is an amazing clip that reveals the cross species cooperation and friendship that occasionally occurs between cetaceans like these dolphins and whales.
Interactions like this have been documented before, but rarely is such footage demonstrate so clearly proof of inter-species friendship.
This video was reminiscent of another incredible moment of cetacean cross-species friendship in the video below, in which a humpback cheerfully swims along with a pod of dolphins:
According to the American Museum of Natural History,the two species “seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress.
Whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters often interact, but playful social activity such as this is extremely rare between species.”
In another amazing clip shot from a drone, we witness a close connection once again between humpback whales and dolphins.
These marine mammals share a deep bond, and once again the dolphins engage in their characteristic surfing, in which “this humpback whale along with a pod of common dolphins actually riding the pressure wave that the swimming whale created in front of it.
Dolphins often ride the front of boats like this and catch a free ride. But this “whale surfing” is only rarely seen and as far as we know has never been filmed with a drone before,” says Captain Dave, who filmed this and regularly conducts whale-watching tours.