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Do whales say thank you?

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This story from the archives...

A humpback whale story about human interactions suggested that whales can, in essence, say thank you.  See the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle (December 14, 2005) Click here for original story.
 
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Excerpt from the article...

A humpback whale freed by divers from a tangle of crab trap lines near the Farallon Islands nudged its rescuers and flapped around in what marine experts said was a rare and remarkable encounter. "It felt to me like it was thanking us, knowing that it was free and that we had helped it," James Moskito, one of the rescue divers, said Tuesday. "It stopped about a foot away from me, pushed me around a little bit and had some fun."

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I am certain Mr. Moskito genuinely believes this. And science cannot say it to be true or untrue. Do whales really say thank you? Maybe. But then again, consider the awful fate of Timothy Treadwell, the "Grizzly Man", attacked and eaten in the Alaskan wilderness by the bear(s) he loved -- and that he thought loved him... click here for more on the Grizzly Man

So the question seems to be: are whales smarter, or at least friendlier, than bears?