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.