Mother Dolphin Mourns Dead Baby Calf By Carrying Young On Back Heartbreaking Video And Photos - Tourists in southern China spotted a mother dolphin carrying her dead calf on her back in what is now being called "dolphin mourning,". The video rarely captured on camera was posted on YouTube on Wednesday and has already yielded more than 259,000 views.
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While a boat full of tourists watched the heartbreaking scene, the baby dolphin slipped from its mother’s back five times as she battled against the tide.
But on each occasion, she plucked it from the waves and continued her lonely voyage.
The dolphin was thought to be moving her dead calf away from the shore to lay it to rest in deeper water. A large gash, approximately a foot long, was visible across the calf’s belly.
It is possible the infant was killed by the propeller of a boat – perhaps even one of the many that take visitors out on day trips.
The pictures were taken by tourists in China’s Guangxi Zhuang region, which is known for its dolphin-watching tours.