Party Whales

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Sci­en­tists are per­plexed by hump­back whales — typ­i­cally soli­tary crea­tures — that have been seen com­ing to­gether in groups as large as 200 off the coast of South Africa. Con­fused, yes. But some sci­en­tists do have the­o­ries on why these gen­tle giants are hang­ing out in huge groups in the South­ern Hemi­sphere when they typ­i­cally mi­grate north. Some say the hump­backs are stay­ing in south­ern waters to eat, while oth­ers sug­gest that we’re just notic­ing this be­hav­ior now be­cause the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing. Our the­ory? Mom and Dad were out for the week­end and one slick whale de­cided to throw a party.

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