Four adult dolphins were holding their dead cub above the surface of the water for almost half an hour before they left it in the ocean and moved on.
A study conducted on Atlantic dolphins showed that these animals feel grief and mourn for their dead family members. According to the electronic media, otters, seals, monkeys, and even elephants also mourn for their dead family members.
Dolphins from the Atlantic Ocean participated in the study conducted by scientists from Porto University in Portugal, who studied two cases of mourning. First case – a cruise ship operator was the one who spotted and recorded it. He said that four adult dolphins were holding their dead cub above the surface of the water for almost half an hour, before leaving it in the ocean and moving on.
A member of the research team noticed another case. Dolphin whom he assumed was a female, was probably holding her dead cub above the surface of the water.
The lead scientist of the research, Filipe Alves, states that there are many records that show that dolphins were carried their dead descendants on their backs and in the way they mourned for days. He also believes that Atlantic dolphins are an emotionally intelligent group of animals, but that is difficult to prove.