Photo by @BrianSkerry.
Happy #WorldWhaleDay Everyone!
A female adult sperm whale babysits a calf while the calf’s mother feeds in the deep waters of the eastern Caribbean. Sperm whales are the largest predators on Earth and have been portrayed as monsters throughout human history. Despite these misconceptions, researchers are shattering such beliefs and are revealing instead an amazing animal with sophisticated behaviors and even a sense of ‘family values.’ This ancient species was swimming in the sea before humans walked upright, and they possess the largest brains of any animal on the planet. Spending most of their lives in the deep ocean, we rarely see more than brief moments from the lives of these animals, and we’re forced to slowly piece together the puzzle of their lives. In the time ahead, more will be learned about their complex societies and cultures. Coverage from an upcoming @natgeo story.
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