Photo from the Whale and People Dolphin Project.
It was taken by Lori Mazzuca in Hawaii. She said that the dolphin and humpback whale were playing gently together. The game seemed to be about how long the dolphin could stay atop the whale’s head while the whale swam. When the dolphin finally slipped off it joined another dolphin and they began to leap with joy.
Is play important for adults? Do we need to be more serious now that we are “grown up”? Fun and play is not just for children. Play and laughter are good for your emotional side as well as your physical side. Studies have shown the health benefits of laughing (you can learn more about laughter and health at LaughterYogaCharlotte.com)
Even animals find time to play as shown in the following video from Science Bulletins. According to the American Museum of Natural History, “Many species interact in the wild, most often as predator and prey. But recent encounters between humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins reveal a playful side to interspecies interaction. In two different locations in Hawaii, scientists watched as dolphins “rode” the heads of whales: the whales lifted the dolphins up and out of the water, and then the dolphins slid back down. The two species seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress. Whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters often interact, but playful social activity such as this is extremely rare between species.”
Watch the video and enjoy!