A pod of dolphins was discovered off the coast of South Africa swimming with the physique of a lacking drowned teenager, officers stated.
The 15-year-old woman, whom authorities didn’t determine, was apparently washed off the rocks of Llandudno Beach, close to Cape Town, and right into a tough sea final week.
Rescue staff found her physique “floating on the water floor accompanied by a pod of dolphins close to the rescue craft” about half a mile from shore, stated National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon, in response to TimesLive.
Marine mammal consultants differ on why this might need occurred. Dolphins are extraordinarily clever and social, and have been identified to assist people in tough conditions at sea. There are tales of dolphins defending people from sharks.
They additionally “clearly have a way of loss of life and loss,” Simon Elwen, marine mammal specialist at Stellenbosch University within the western Cape, advised South Africa’s Independent Online.
“Dolphins have been proven to show mourning habits for their very own calves, and … carry the calf round for a couple of days. So it’s doable” that the dolphins acknowledged the scenario with the lifeless teen as some sort of loss, he added.
Olaf Meynecke, a whale and dolphin researcher at Australia’s Griffith University, advised Newsweek: “I’m sure they’d acknowledge a lifeless human physique within the water.”
But whereas whales and dolphins have been identified to exhibit altruistic habits towards different species, a detailed encounter with individuals is usually easy curiosity, he famous.