Originally posted by Doglord
The best thing about Dolphins is the way they taste.
You mean mahi-mahi (Dolphin fish)
, I assume.
Originally posted by TheOracle
Actually , dolphins are better than humans.
I read somewhere that during the cold war, the US and the USSR, tried to train dolphins to kill swimmers but they gave up after finding out that
dolphins refuse to obey after witnessing the pain they caused.
Cute story, but I am afraid that I have a difficult time believing it. Sounds like bleeding heart, PETA, new ager, “dolphins are our brothers”,
crap’o’la to me. Now I love dolphins as much as the next guy, but…
Dolphins are highly aggressive wild animals, and they have no issue with inflicting pain on other dolphins or any other creature. Being here in
Florida, and being a diver, I have seen the back areas of a couple attractions that house dolphins. I have seen first hand where smaller dolphins have
to be separated from larger ones because they are tag team bullied to the point of serious injury.
Some aquariums, which I have dove, will happily drop you into a tank filled with 10-15 foot sharks, but they will not allow you to go into, or even
near, dolphin pens due to the danger involved. Dolphins have intentionally snagged loose gear dangling from divers, and kept them pinned to the sides
of their pens or at the bottom of the tank. Dolphins have breached and landed on swimmers, run into them at high speed, raked them with their teeth,
slammed them into obstacles, and generally played with swimmers/divers to the point of extreme injury. Attractions that allow people to interact with
dolphins are done in very shallow water (to keep them from picking up speed) with a trainer per group of one or two guests. Dolphin trainers have a
fairly high injury rate.
From some experts in the field:
"Dolphins have not been domesticated. They are wild animals, even if they are in captivity and have been trained to be around people. Dolphins
are large, powerful animals that can inflict serious harm on people… There's this misconception that [dolphins are] friendly; that they're
Flipper; that they want to play with people." – Trevor Spradlin, National Marine Fisheries Service
"Dolphins can be aggressive, especially if they don't want you in their tank… They are so strong and so fast; they might want to send you a
mild message and you could get hurt." – Dr. Lori Marino, Marine Biologist, Emory University
This sounds both benevolent and like a sign of high intelligence, eh?
Women and children are most often the targets for aggressive dolphin behaviors.
The supposed incidents of divers or swimmers being saved by dolphins are speculative at best. Many times humans think that the dolphins are rescuing
them, when in fact, they are following their instincts to save themselves, or a member of their pod, and in doing so they inadvertently aid the human
as well. Many of these stories can go either way, its hard to prove that the dolphins were acting in the interest of a human, simply because they can
be even more dangerous at times to humans themselves.
Do not let the shape of a dolphins mouth fool you into thinking they are intelligent, benevolent, brothers from the deep, they are not! They are wild,
aggressive, fast, and exceptionally strong animals. IMHO, I have never seen anything to make me believe that they are more intelligent then most of
our domesticated animals, and they are generally far less human friendly.