reply to post by SaraThustra
DolphinFISH and tuna are far more abundant, at least here, in the land of not-too-many-people-to-wipe-them-out. We had a wild dolphin here a few
years ago. I tagged along with several dive boat trips trying to get to interact with him. He was called "Spot" by the locals, due to a large
scar on his flank.
One day, looking out to sea right in front of the house, I saw him rolling about 100 yards offshore. I then did a stupid, but life-changing thing:
I grabbed my fins, mask and snorkle and headed out to meet Spot. It was stupid for a variety of reasons, the least of which that Spot apparently had
a penchant for humping divers on occasion. He was wild. So, off I go, and getting tired by the time I'd travelled about 250 yards. It was
wonderous. We turned and played in the water. I didn't touch him but once, but he came up and held his body vertical in the water, parallel to
my own, and we were eye to eye.
I felt as a kid that I had a sorta totemic kinship with sea mammals. That event cemented it. Spot was obviously very intelligent. Of course, he
wasn't frightened of me. He knew I wasn't diddly in his aquatic domain. I'll never forget it, if I remember nothing else.
Eat them??? OOPS, we caught one in our fishing net, cut 'im out, before he screws up the net!!! We should be better than that.
That part of humanity makes me sick. It's repulsive, and alien. I've been a hunter and angler all of my childhood, and part of my adult life.
There were things, I sensed, that were off-limits. You don't go and take down a cinammon bear just because it's there. You cull from a herd,
you knock down a few birds from the whole, and you use all of the animal. You eat animals which are abundant, as was intended by nature.
Dolphins, whales, porpoise, sea cows, they should get a pass. The ONLY humans that should take them are perhaps the Inuit, who, even recently depend
to a large extent upon them. They treasure them. Nothing is wasted.
reply to post by elarmstrongo
It's a matter of animals being raised for eating, or culling large communities of creatures, also for food. Where do dolphins and whales fit into
that? They are sentient mammals, and not really abundant, are they?