A recent study has unearthed a fascinating behavior in whales, known as “extgaogd-pagu”, which has captured the attention of experts and the general public alike. Apparently, certain whale populations seek out humans for assistance with a common issue that they face: parasitic oysters that cling to their skin.
These tiny creatures can cause a range of problems for the whales, including irritation, discomfort, and even infection. To cope with this issue, some whales have developed a remarkable strategy: they approach human divers and boats and seem to ask for help in removing the oysters.
Experts speculate that the whales have learned to associate humans with parasite removal, and may even be able to identify specific individuals or boats that have helped them in the past. When a whale approaches a diver or boat, it often remains still or rolls 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 shared unforgettable experiences of being approached by these majestic creatures and being able to assist them in a small yet meaningful way.
While this phenomenon is heartwarming and captivating, it also underscores the vulnerability of these magnificent animals and the importance of safeguarding them and their habitats from human activities that can cause harm. By acknowledging and appreciating the intelligence and sensitivity of whales, we can learn to coexist in a mutually beneficial way.