posted on Jul, 29 2009 @ 06:01 PM
Sort of relative to the OP, in the sense of aquatic mammals sensing the differences in humans.
Several years ago, here on the Sister Islands of the Cayman Islands, we had a wild dolphin that stayed here a while. We called him "Spot" for the
scar that was on his flank, shaped like an oval.
Spot was known to *cough* hump divers occasionally, and therefore not everyone was overjoyed at the prospect of encountering him. I tried for months
to meet up with Spot.......not that I wanted to be humped, but because I thought to commune with him. I hitchhiked aboard several dive boats, but
never got the chance.
We had a group of divers come here that were handicapped in various ways -- all physical handicaps. [I really dislike that term -- handicapped --
but I can't think of a better way of putting it.]
So, one day the dive boat comes in and people are ablaze with excitement. I was working nearby at the condos, and actually heard the revelry. I
went over to find out what the hooting was all about.
It turns out that Spot [apparently] immediately discerned the difference in the way the divers moved and was oh-so-gentle. He presented his dorsal
fin to a diver and allowed them to hold on, and he took them for a circular ride, never straying much more than 20 feet below the surface. Spot was
reported aligning himself vertically underwater, and "hugging" divers. Nobody got humped that day. Spot was on his best behavior, and I was
extremely jealous to have been hanging sheetrock instead of out there swimming with the big guy. He exibited previously unreported behavior --
turning upside down and horizontal to divers underwater, and occasionally nudging a few folks toward the surface. Apparently Spot thought that some
of the divers needed assistance.
A week later, Spot was gone, presumably onto more female-productive pastures. I'll never forget close-ups of his eyes. I know I'm
anthropomorphicating, but the photos made him seem so....... thoughtful.