In our Animal Minds episode, we met a group of divers who rescued a humpback whale, then shared a really incredible moment...a moment in which the divers are convinced that the whale found a way to say thank you. We obviously can't know for sure, and that question--how well can we really know the minds of animals?--was at the heart of the show.
We still don't have an answer to that one. But this weekend, a few listeners pointed us to a video of a different whale rescue. This one happened in February, 2011. Watch what happens after they free the whale. It’s kinda amazing. What do you think...does this count as an actual, quantifiable, cross-species thank you? There's no way to really, truly know...but what are your thoughts? Let us know.