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posted : September 8, 2004 Post subject: Facts about Dolphins

: Humans have always found dolphins to be enchanting creatures. Ever since the days of the first seafarers, they have been the subject of numerous works of art, literature and myth.

: dolphins are very sociable and intelligent mammals that belong to the group called ”Whales” . There are about 30 different species of dolphins but I have chosen to write about the bottlenose – dolphin, which is the most common dolphin.
: They exist all over the world in all tempered and tropical seas. They enjoy companionship a great deal and that is why they live in big groups with about 100 dolphins . The strong social bond that developes between them is very strong - especially the one betwwen a mother and its child. Their length of life is about 50 years and they have a lot of fun during their lives since they play most of they day...

: The dolphins´s ancestor lived at shore once, which is very rare for a mammal. All the organ that would prevent its movements in the water have been changed, for example its outside ears and its legs. They still have to breath air but otherwise have they succeded to adapt themselves into a life under water.
: dolphins have very large and folded brains which suggest exeptional intellectual capacity . It is heavier and more advanced than the monkey´s and even our brain. Their unusual high level of inteligence and their special qualities have made them objects for intensive scientific research and many experts believe that dolphins are intelectually equivalent to human beings, if not superior.
: Over the centuries have many people tried to revere dolphins but many people have also tried to slaughter them. Over the past five decades have humans slaughter millions of dolphins in the name of wealth, and in some cases reduced their population to small fractions of what they were...

: There are also a lot of dolphinariums around the world where dolphins are kept in captivity and trained to perform in front of audiences. Whether or not this is ethical is a source of much debate. Is it degrading for them or do they enjoy their time in captivity?
: dolphins are very emotional and they often show their feelings. They can not show
: face – expressiones like us humans but they can cry both happy and sad tears and they are also able to laugh.
: They have a very strong helpinstinct. They help the female – dolphins through her pregnancy, they co – operate with each other while their hunting, protect each other from harm and they have also saved human beings from drowning a several times.

: The dolphins seem to have learned the lesson that love is the most important part of life since they just live their lives in joyful harmony with each other. They don´t go to war and they don´t pollute their environment so the question is: are they more intelligent than us?
: I think so, and if I could have a life after death I would wish for a life as a dolphin...

: Robin Hauser
: 'Paradise Island of Innocence'

posted : September 8, 2004 Post subject: Facts about Dolphins
Ahhhh, the ever continuing anthropomorphism of dolphins touches a nerve in our hearts, yes the fact is that dolphins are a wonderful and exciting creature, and before you read on please take in to account the fact that this is a FORUM and people are free to decide what they want, quite what this article is doing here is another matter. Anyway I digress; the rosy life of tranquillity painted by the author is somewhat misleading, apart from comparing us alongside monkeys (we are after all members of the great ape family! The obvious distinction between Apes and Monkeys is that monkeys have tails whereas Apes don’t, apart that is in the case of the Ape macaque, sometimes referred to as the Japanese macaque which is a tailless monkey, cripes I’m boring myself). So back to Dolphins/cetacean life etc, it’s is common practice for dominant male dolphins to single out lesser males and with the help of subordinates harass, bully beat and even male rape the said lesser male until it becomes so distressed it separates itself from the pod and becomes a lone swimmer, also dolphins have been known to attack and kill…yes kill not just ward off porpoises (taken from the Latin for pig fish) that hunt in the same areas. Now I’m not saying that this is either wrong or right or that dolphins are evil creatures, simply we should take into account the fact that these are wild animals, beyond our understanding and to be respected for what they are, not what we want them to be. And that ends my little rant except to say that you have never really lived until you have been sat on a boat in the ocean enjoying a freshly caught and lightly pan fried Dolphin steak….It’s quite amazing, even nicer that Panda or Koala meat…

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