Nursemaids for baby humpback whales?

From: Erich Hoyt (
Date: Wed Oct 23 2002 - 06:05:46 EDT

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    Are there nursemaids for baby humpback whales?

    If yes, did National Geographic feature a story on this topic back in the
    80's in their magazine?

    Thank you for any information that you can provide.



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    In some whale and dolphin species there is some nonmaternal care of the
    babies, but it's mainly in the toothed whales and dolphins. This sort of
    behavior is rare in the baleen whales like humpbacks.

    I wonder if you're thinking about humpback "escorts" who travel with the
    females with or without calves on the breeding grounds? But the escorts are
    simply travelling with these groups, perhaps as a prelude to eventual
    mating - it doesn't seem to have anything to do with helping the babies.

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