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The false killer whale and the bottlenose dolphin are not that different taxonomically speaking, being classified within the same family, and they’re both social animals—but it’s still pretty surprising that the two species interact both in captivity and in the wild.
A study of wild New Zealand false killer whales showed that some interspecies pairings lasted over five years, with some being spotted together in places over 650 kilometres apart. Their interactions are partially practical—they help each other hunt, and of course, two is better than one when watching out for predators.
But their interactions are definitely not limited to practicalities—they appear to play. We can’t anthropomorphise their behaviour too much, because they don’t play in the way that human children do, but their behaviour goes beyond base necessities, They learn and form social bonds together, and not with random members of the other species—they keep up “friendships” with specific members.
On rare occasions, they even mate, and the offspring (pictured above) is called a wholphin. Yes, really.