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1945—After being blown off the deck of his ship by a horrific explosion, U.S. Naval officer Vern Becket is visited by what he can only assume is his guardian angel. Helplessly floating in the dark seas off the coast of Japan, Vern learns that he has a mission—one that he won’t accomplish for almost sixty years.
2004—A pioneer in the study of dolphin echolocation, Dr. Troy Wallace is convinced that he is on the verge of an incredible scientific breakthrough. Recent research suggests that dolphins may send three-dimensional sonograms to each other, and Dr. Wallace hopes to be the first to decode and view these images.
Rebecca Larson, a dolphin behaviorist at SeaWorld in San Diego, California, is assisting Dr. Wallace in his research. She believes that dolphins—a species that has thrived on Earth for more than forty million years—may offer critical insights into the societal structure, behavior, and future of mankind.
As handsome as he is shallow, southern California television celebrity Ryan Ericson is thrust into an ever-expanding mystery of coincidence and discovery. And he is about to learn how his professional involvement with Vern, Dr. Wallace, and Rebecca relates to dolphins, an ancient Mayan prophecy, and the very fate of humanity.
Dolphins trained to kill for the Soviet navy have been sold to Iran - but what they will do in the Persian Gulf is a mystery. Dolphins and other aquatic mammals were trained by Russian experts to attack warships and enemy frogmen, but when funding for the project ceased, many were moved to a private dolphinarium to perform for tourists. Their chief trainer, both in military and civilian life, was Boris Zhurid, who began his career as a submariner before graduating from a medical academy.
Earlier this month he sold the entire collection to Iran, because he could no longer afford to feed it.
"If I were a sadist then I could have remained in Sevastopol," Mr Zhurid told the Russian newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda. "But I cannot bear to see my animals starve ... We're out of medicine, which costs thousands of dollars, and have no more fish or food supplements."
Four of the dolphins and the white whale underwent training with Mr Zhurid at a Pacific naval base, before being transferred to Crimea in 1991.
The animals were trained to attack enemy frogmen with harpoons attached to their backs, or to drag them to the surface to be taken into captivity.
They could also undertake kamikaze strikes against enemy shipping carrying mines that would explode a ship on contact with its hull.
The dolphins could allegedly distinguish foreign and Soviet submarines by the sound of their propeller.
According to research by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, numerous ex-Soviet military dolphins have been sold to aquariums around the world.
Many have been kept in poor conditions on arrival, and others have died en route.
But Mr Zhurid said Iran had built a new oceanarium to his specification, and that he would be continuing his scientific research there.
Originally posted by Brenidi14
Originally posted by camaro68ss
My dog and cat understand when i talk to them. Sit, stay, treat....you want to go for a walk.....whats different here?
The level of ignorance in your comment is beyond incredible. First of all, common household pets such as dogs and cats are only limited to react to stimulus by conditioning them through exercise/training. THEY DO NOT understand YOUR language.You and them, can't communicate. In fact, you may pronounce different words with the same connotation and they'll be tricked to react the same way as if you were using the word you believe they understand.
If you ring a bell every time you serve your dog food, he will be conditioned to begin salivating in his mouth every time the bell rings, EVEN if there's NO FOOD.
Anyway, just educate yourself before posting non-sense. That's just delusional...
EDIT: Also just so you know the difference between dog and dolphins. Scientifically proven, the dog brain is only as that of a three year old baby. A dolphin mind is more complex confirm studies.edit on 30-1-2012 by Brenidi14 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by VoidHawk
Why so rude? Is it not better to educate?
Originally posted by lakesidepark
The ignorance in your response tells me you have not really owned a dog, and that you may have that 'misconception' that humans are so much above the rest of the creatures of this earth. Many animals have intelligence that ranks higher than your comments give them credit for. Dogs DO learn english phrases and words and the meaning, not just some vocalization that makes them reflex. Let me tell you a story and this is onle one example.
I owned one dog for 14 years and this dog was very familiar with me travelling. I left my dog with a friend and her teenage daughter for a trip of 5 days.
They told me that every day when the dog went outside, she would simply walk to the end of the porch to do her business. But, on the last day, every time they let the dog out, she would walk to the end of the sidewalk and look down the road. When I picked my dog up later that evening they swore the dog KNEW I was coming home that day. I simply said 'you must have told her'. They said no. I asked further - did you discuss my return? She said yes, her daughter asked if I was coming for my dog today, and she responded that he would be here this evening. My conclusion to her - well then you DID tell her, because she heard your conversation and knew it was about me coming home! This dog would (like the collie noted earlier) retreve toys by name, and we couldn't talk about anything that would get her excited or upset around her. I swear, we tried spelling, and she would learn the meanings of the spelled words!
Now maybe the dog is not at the level of intelligence as the dolphin, but the dog is surely above the level of intelligence that most Pavlov believers give them. And even a three-year old understands a lot of English. I bet if you lived your entire life in a cage getting prodded and poked you would be pretty stupid and only respond to food stimuli too, as it is the ONLY thing you would ever have to look forward to. Too late to test now, you're out in the free world, so we will never know if you are smarter than a dog (just saying).
Scientifically proven means squat and should mean nothing more, as science can only prove what they test. If you lock dogs in cages and probe them constantly, I can't see how you could prove ANY intelligence. You have to understand their language and interactions, and they have to understand yours, and that kind of relationship wasn't being tested in the studies that give you the conclusions you espouse here. This post about dolphins should make that even MORE obvious, since we used to think the sounds of dolphins were no different than bats using sonar to see, and now we learn they tell the other dolphins what they are seeing with the sounds.
Yes if you ring a bell often enough, the dog will go to the door and wait for pizza. And soon, the dog will recognize you placing an order with Dominos and will go wait by the door 25 minutes later when she hears you say thin crust and pepperoni on the phone. Then your dog will learn to drag you a phone everytime the annoying Dominos commercial comes on (sad commentary on my diet - and my dog's diet - in my earlier years that my dog learned how to tell me to place an order for pizza).
Originally posted by mandroids
Keeper: ya want some fish, flipper?
Flipper: Naw, ya idiot, I want a whopper. now get going or i soak ya shorts.