You can now read our article about our sighting where we observed an epimeletic behavior in bottlenose dolphins in the South of Portugal.
Castro, J., Oliveira, J. M., Estrela, G., Cid, A. And Quirin, A.
Epimeletic Behavior in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the South of Portugal: Underwater and Aerial Perspectives. Aquatic Mammals 48, 6 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.48.6.2022.646
Numerous species of cetaceans are known to engage in epimeletic (caregiving) behavior towards injured or distressed conspecifics. On 11 November 2021, a field survey was conducted by the Associação para a Investigação do Meio Marinho (AIMM) research team off the south coast of mainland Portugal. During one sighting, an adult dolphin was observed carrying a deceased calf. The behavior of that individual and the group was continuously monitored during the sighting, using digital cameras, underwater camera and a drone.
Read the full article about the epimeletic behavior in bottlenose dolphins in the South of Portugal.