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By Alice Morris
We all love an unlikely animal friendship, and this one is sea-riously adorable.
A drone off the coast of Western Australia recently captured incredible footage of a whale playing with a pod of dolphins in a video that has gone viral.
Another video from 2016 shows right whales and bottlenose dolphins playing off the coast of California.
Scientists have been studying this fascinating behavior for several years and a paper published in Aquatic Mammals back in 2010 suggests that the whale’s nurturing instincts may lead to these interactions, since whales will often lift their young up in a similar fashion.
Whatever the reason, we love watching these cetacean pals frolic in the waves.