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Pilot Whales Swim with Boat in Maldives

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A group of tourists on a boat ride with Shadowpalm Tours in the Maldives were in for a lucky surprise when they encountered a pair of short-finned pilot whales swimming off the bow.

Short-finned pilot whales inhabit temperate and tropical waters in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They are commonly spotted in the Maldives and are easily recognizable by their dark coloration, bulbous head and highly curved dorsal fin. In the minute-long video below, which Shadowpalm Tours shared on their Instagram account, the pair of cetaceans swim harmoniously alongside the boat, giving the large group of tourists on the bow quite the show.

 

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