WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Michael McCarthy was canoeing when he saw a mother dolphin carrying her dead calf.
- It appears that the dead calf was a victim of a run-in with a motorboat.
- Michael took a video of the dolphin displaying grief and posted it on Twitter to raise awareness about them.
Michael McCarthy, owner of the See Through Canoe Company, spotted a dolphin while he was canoeing through the Intracoastal Waterway near St. Petersburg, Florida. The dolphin appeared to be cradling a small, limp body. At first, he thought it was food, but as he watched closely, it became clear that he was actually watching a heartbreaking moment.
Michael told The Dodo, he was initially in denial when he saw the dolphin. He wanted to believe otherwise but it was apparent that she was carrying her dead calf.
He took out his camera and began filming the funeral ceremony of the dolphin. She pushed the body of the dead calf so slightly, caressing it gently in her sorrows.
A fellow dolphin, swam with her as if to comfort her pain. And as she went north through the Intracoastal Waterway, other dolphins joined as if to pay respect to the dead before they went their way.
According to studies, cetaceans — dolphins and whales — display grieving behaviors for the loss of their calves.
“Judging by the scar patterns on the calf it was likely hit by a boat propeller, I’ve spent most of my life on the water and a lot of time around manatees and dolphins so, unfortunately, I’m very familiar with what propeller wounds look like.”
Mother #dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway.
It’s hard to say for sure without examination, but the calf may have been hit by a boat. Please don’t assume that because #dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them. #sad pic.twitter.com/Le2MAwvPIB
— See Through Canoe (@SeeThroughCanoe) June 3, 2019
Michael believed that the calf was a victim of a run-in with a motorboat, that is why he is determined to film the sad scene to raise awareness about this problem. Many boaters say that dolphins are too fast to get hit, but that’s totally untrue. The fact is, calves can’t swim as fast and they have to surface frequently to gasp for air.
The video Michael posted has since been viewed over 76,000 times on Twitter.
“It was really hard to watch. That image is going to be stuck in my head for a while.”
Source: The Dodo