SAFS in the News: Why did a humpback whale just save this seal’s life?

SAFS professor Trevor Branch is quoted in Science magazine:

‘But what about protecting other species? This happened in nearly 90% of attacks where the killer whales’ prey could be identified. “It’s pretty mysterious,” says Trevor Branch, a fisheries scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who has studied populations of large whales. “We tend to think of altruism as being reciprocal, but there’s no way these other species would come back and help the humpback whales.”’

Article and excerpt by Erik Stokstad

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