The false killer whale and the bottlenose dolphin are not that different taxonomically speaking, being classified within the same family, and they’re both social animals—but it’s still pretty surprising that the two species interact both in captivity and in the wild.
A study of wild New Zealand false killer whales showed that some interspecies pairings lasted over five years, with some being spotted together in places over 650 kilometres apart. Their interactions are partially practical—they help each other hunt, and of course, two is better than one when watching out for predators.
But their interactions are definitely not limited to practicalities—they appear to play. We can’t anthropomorphise their behaviour too much, because they don’t play in the way that human children do, but their behaviour goes beyond base necessities, They learn and form social bonds together, and not with random members of the other species—they keep up “friendships” with specific members.
On rare occasions, they even mate, and the offspring (pictured above) is called a wholphin. Yes, really.
Philippe Jaroussky ” The most beautiful baroque Arias”
Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978 in Maisons-Laffitte, France) is a French countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory and then took up the piano before turning to singing. He is noted for a virtuosic coloratura technique and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and operas.
Jaroussky was inspired to sing by the Martinique-born countertenor Fabrice di Falco. He received his diploma from the Early Music Faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris. Since 1996, he has studied singing with Nicole Fallien. He has formed his own ensemble called Artaserse, and also often performs with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi and with L’Arpeggiata under Christina Pluhar.
Here a great concert recorded by MEZZO TV at the palace of Versailles in 1999.
Web site of the artist: http://www.philippejaroussky.fr/