Dogs, Whales Display Special Connection
Video, anecdotes support notion of interspecies bond
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2010 1:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Do dogs and whales share a mysterious special bond? Yes, according to Discovery News writer Jennifer Viegas. For proof, she offers the YouTube clip above and some anecdotal evidence from Carrie Newell, who runs Whale Research EcoExcursions. Newell often brings her dog on her whale watching expeditions, and she reports that the quadruped frequently appears to interact with the whales.

“Other researchers have told me that people with dogs have better whale encounters, possibly because of some connection between the two,” says Newell. She even says she believes the whales “have a sense of humor” and enjoy “teasing” the dog.

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Apr 21, 2010 8:32 AM CDT
Mmh... isn't that rather an orca hoping to get a bite for dinner?
Apr 14, 2010 3:14 PM CDT
Dogs, Whales Display Special Connection Yes, this is because dogs evolved from whales. Everyone knows that. ;)
Apr 14, 2010 1:22 PM CDT
It's not surprising, but it's still very cool. Both mammals are descended from a wolk-like animal. Both howl at the moon, hunt in packs, have identical atlas and axis vertebra, identically shaped skulls except the nostrils of a whale have moved to the top of the skull over time, and whale skeletons found in Pakistan have four legs which resemble dog legs. And if you analyze a dolphin's spine as it swims it shows the same kinetics as a greyhound's spine as it runs, whereas all fish have spines that move side to side.