For Whales And Humans, Grief Is The Price Of Love – Video

April 6, 2016 Laura Bridgeman


This striking video comes from Rodrigo Friscione, who was diving near the Revillagigedo Archipelago, a group of islands in Manzanillo, Mexico, when he came upon a tragic scene:


Click here to watch more of the remarkable encounter. 

Rodrigo has this to say about the video: “The whale on the left is an adult female. The one on the right is her male escort. We were on our way to Roca Partida when we heard that the female’s calf had been attacked by a few killer whales. When we got there, the mother was inconsolable. The male was trying to comfort her by touching her gently, but it was useless. Some of you may already know this, but it’s only the male whales who sing (while mating), so this was obviously a devastating and silent moment. The man holding the camera on the video is my father.”

Of course, many conventional scientists will not be satisfied with this explanation, and may even scoff at the notion of a whale being “inconsolable”. Many still doubt the existence of other animal emotions and their ability to grieve for a lost one, because of science’s failure to prove this beyond any measure of doubt.

Yet, intuition seems to tell us that this description fits.

Marc Bekoff points out that we humans do not deny our own love, despite it’s evading of objective verification: “Though we don’t truly understand [human] love, we do not deny its existence, nor do we deny its power. We experience or witness love every day, in a hundred different forms; indeed, grief is but the price of love. Since animals grieve, surely they must feel love too.”

So is this whale grieving? You be the judge.

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