Whales rally to protect seals

Study of altruism in nature is part of my professional life.  The evolutionary community suffers from an ideological bias that says altruism between unrelated individuals must be an illusion, and altruism toward another species is beyond the pale. There are many reported instances of animals going out of their way to help an individual of another species, and each one is treated as if this were the first time we have heard of such a thing, and it is a unique mystery.

The scientist part of me wants to say, “Get used to it!” while the nature-lover in me wants to savor the wonder of biophilia.

Article from Science Mag


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