Recent studies have revealed an extraordinary behavior of whales that has surprised researchers and captured the attention of the public. It seems that some species of whales approach humans in order to ask for help with a common problem they face: parasitic oysters.
These small, pesky creatures attach themselves to the skin of the whales, and can cause irritation, discomfort, and even infection. In response, some whales have developed a remarkable strategy to deal with the issue: they seek out human divers and boats, and seemingly ask for their assistance in removing the oysters.
Experts believe that the whales have learned to associate humans with the removal of parasites, and may even have come to recognize individual humans or boats that have helped them in the past. When a whale approaches a diver or boat, it will often remain still or even roll over, presenting the affected area for inspection and removal of the unwanted hitchhikers.
This behavior has been observed in different parts of the world, with humpback and gray whales being particularly known for their interactions with humans. Many divers and boat operators have reported unforgettable experiences of being approached by these magnificent creatures, and being able to help them in a small but meaningful way.
While the phenomenon is fascinating and heartwarming, it also highlights the vulnerability of these majestic animals, and the importance of protecting them and their habitats from human activities that can cause harm. By respecting and appreciating the intelligence and sensitivity of whales, we can learn to coexist in a mutually beneficial way.