The simple act of playing is unquestionably important. For children, play allows them to use their creativity to develop their imagination, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is vital to healthy brain growth. It is through play that kids engage and interact in the world at an early age. Adults need to play as well. As you know, all work and no play makes Johnny a very dull boy. So we know that the benefits of play are well-established in the human world. What about animals? Who hasn’t taken delight in watching puppies or kittens frolicking? It doesn’t take much to learn that animals play too. What about marine animals? Yes, they play as well. But do animals of different species ever play together. The answer is yes. Here’s proof:
Hawaiian Monk Seals plays with Green Sea Turtle
At first glance of this video, it appears as if the seal is trying to make a meal of the turtle. Looking closer, it is clear that the seal is not being aggressive or threatening. It is not holding the turtle underwater or biting it viciously. Instead, it looks like an intimate water dance between two friends. The seal does give the turtle some affectionate “love bites” but it is not malicious. The video says this behavior has never been seen before, so we have been given a treat.
Whales Give Dolphins a Lift
Most of the time when you see two different species of marine animals interacting, it’s one eating the other. The sea can be brutal, which is why this next story is so intriguing. It seems off the coast of Hawaii, on two separate incidents at least, humans have observed some strange behavior indeed. The marine mammals, specifically humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins, have developed a unique way of playing together. You have to watch the video to really appreciate it.
Baby Otter Fenway vs Stuffed Walrus
Two things: One-no, the walrus is not real. Two-the title says Fenway vs the walrus, but it’s not antagonistic at all. In fact, as you can see, Fenway loves his stuffed walrus friend. As the video says, otters are illegal to own and do not make good pets. Too bad, because Fenway is adorable.
Diver Befriends a Spotted Moray Eel
Okay, the headline of this article says ‘Inter-species Sea Creatures at Play.’ Technically a diver is a sea creature, right? This video is an example of the power of love, and how friendship can cross the species barrier. Pretty cool.