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An Interspecies Play Date

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credit: American Museum of Natural History, Science Bulletins

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It may be the dream of many an animal lover to swim with whales or dolphins in the open water as a way of connecting with our ocean-faring mammal counterparts, but it turns out that those two species actually enjoy some quality time with one another, too. In recent years off the coast of Hawaii, biologists recorded several incidents of what appears to be wild humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins getting together for some playful roughhousing at sea -- behavior which researchers say is extremely rare to see, but which suggests an interspecies warmness often not seen in humans.

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