This incredible footage shows the pod of dolphins protecting a whale mother and her baby from five male humpbacks.
In the video posted on August 19, 2018, by the members of Whale Watch Western Australian, a mother named Spirit, and her male calf, Sunny, can be seen surrounded by a group of male humpbacks.
The incident took place while they were swimming off the beach of Flinders Bay, on the southwest coast of Western Australia. As it turns out, the male humpbacks started competing to mate with Spirit. Follow us on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, to learn more and scroll down to watch the video below.
The clip then shows that Spirit and Sunny are getting separated. The resulting risk of separation between them could have led to Sunny's death.
The breathtaking scene went on for an extended time with Sunny and Spirit being chased for more than half an hour. Just when things seemed pretty bleak for the two, 10 to 15 bottlenose dolphins came around to help them.
The dolphins formed a protective circle around the mother and her child. One was even filmed flashing its teeth aggressively to prevent the male whales from sticking around.
The largest of the male humpbacks eventually began to escort Spirit and Sunny away, protecting them as he fended off smaller whales.
The members of Whale Watch Western Australian called the experience as "once in a lifetime."
"Sighting this type of interaction is truly remarkable even in the natural nursery grounds further north in the Kimberly," they said on their YouTube channel.
"To have the privilege of seeing this interaction in Flinders Bay, Augusta and being in a position to be accepted by the female Humpback to assist in saving her calf from immediate danger is something we will always treasure and a true once in a lifetime experience."
They added, "Humpback Whales are one of the most remarkable whales in the world and today was a perfect example why, no situation is too great for these whales to find a way to adapt and succeed and we can all be inspired by that!"
Whale lovers from California also got the rare opportunity to save the life of a humpback whale which was trapped in fishing nets.
On February 14, 2011, Michael Fishback and his crew rescued a young humpback when they noticed it was tangled in fishing nets in the waters of the Sea of Cortez, in the Gulf of California.
Fishback initially thought that the animal was dead, but he realized it was still breathing when he investigated a little further.
December 20, 2018