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Dolphins using Conch Shells to Catch Fish...Trick is Spreading.

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posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 12:22 PM
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Well, humans are only the third most intelligent species on the planet, after all.




posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 12:57 PM
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Not more romanticising and selective anthropomorphising from the dolphin fanboys.

Animal intelligence is difficult to discern due to the fact that we can't communicate with them, so it's rather difficult in most cases to know whether an animal's behaviour is due to a process of conscious intelligence or whether it's down to some kind of automatic response, or a behaviour which was picked up and adopted by chance.

It's true that dolphins do display some traits which appear to be similar to human intelligence, but they equally fail to display human like intelligence in other scenarios.

When Japanese dolphin-hunters herd dolphins into the cove, they fence them with a net over night before they kill them. The dolphins are perfectly capable of jumping this net, yet they do not even attempt it. Now compare that to a human in a similar situation; a group of humans wouldn't just gormlessly mill around inside a cave with an easily scalable fence to the outside.

This also happens with dolphins in aquariums. Dolphins are often confined to smallish pools, yet they very rarely attempt to jump over the small net to the larger, more spacious pools which run adjacent to theirs.

Another example of dolphins displaying what would be considered - in human terms - unintelligent behaviour is in cases where they attempt to thwart a shark attack on a human diver. As both sharks and humans are potential predators to dolphins, it is extremely stupid to risk life and limb ( or flipper
) to save a member of another species who may be about to eat you for dinner. This would be like a human wrestling a lion who was attacking a hippopotamus. Not a clever idea.

This little trick with the shell is quite nifty, but certainly unremarkable in the animal world. It doesn't really say too much about intelligence or lack of it.

Also, for all the dolphin-worshippers who, because of apparent misanthropy, take an escapist route of idolising a fantasy view of another species - they aren't as cuddly as you'd like to think they are. As with most other species' who have survived for so long, they possess a number of unpleasant traits and behaviours.

Male dolphins have been known to chase a female for hours, until she runs out of energy, and then they proceed to gang-rape her. Juvenile dolphins have been observed bashing the porpoises to death on rocks - not for food, but apparently just for the fun of it.



posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 01:31 PM
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Not more romanticising and selective anthropomorphising from the dolphin fanboys.


I thought it was interesting...I'm hardly a "dolphin fanboy"




Animal intelligence is difficult to discern due to the fact that we can't communicate with them, so it's rather difficult in most cases to know whether an animal's behaviour is due to a process of conscious intelligence or whether it's down to some kind of automatic response, or a behaviour which was picked up and adopted by chance.


Kind of like humans.




This little trick with the shell is quite nifty, but certainly unremarkable in the animal world. It doesn't really say too much about intelligence or lack of it.


Well, if they can't explain it...Why label it unremarkable?




Also, for all the dolphin-worshippers who, because of apparent misanthropy, take an escapist route of idolising a fantasy view of another species - they aren't as cuddly as you'd like to think they are. As with most other species' who have survived for so long, they possess a number of unpleasant traits and behaviours.


A well written insult...is still an insult.




Male dolphins have been known to chase a female for hours, until she runs out of energy, and then they proceed to gang-rape her. Juvenile dolphins have been observed bashing the porpoises to death on rocks - not for food, but apparently just for the fun of it.


Again...Sounds kind of human.

To point out interesting behavior in a different species for discussion.

Is hardly deserving all the name calling.

And The Fickle Finger of Fate...Goes to you


edit on 31-8-2011 by whyamIhere because: add goofy icon



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