They might be doing offerings. I've heard that some tribes that had seen airplanes go over them would setup religious symbols and would make offerings
to the planes.
Here is a link about it:
en.wikipedia.org - Cargo cult...
...When the war ended, the military bases closed and the flow of goods and materials ceased. In an attempt to attract further deliveries of
goods, followers of the cults engaged in ritualistic practices such as building crude imitation landing strips, aircraft and radio equipment, and
mimicking the behavior that they had observed of the military personnel operating them.
Of course, subscribing their behavior to some sort of cult or religious activity seems extreme. On the other hand, how do we know that dolphins don't
have primitive spiritualism? Also take note that the observed behavior was also rooted in their extensive ignorance of modern technology.
Ever seen a child make something (sloppily) and then give it to a parent as a present or gift? Could this be similar? Might dolphins see us as sort of
a guardian or parent?
Maybe, just maybe, they saw people fishing more than once and started to understand we were doing it for food. Maybe this is how the whole thing
started. It might tie into all of it.
On the issue of cats offering gifts I'll enter into a discussion about cats and dogs...
My cat offers love. I think that's the best gift. Dogs do the same.
Dogs are definitely more social than cats. However, dogs will crap just about anywhere. In that respect, they don't have much care. But cats will crap
either in litter or in the dirt and then cover it up without being told. Cats have been known to learn how to use toilets. But dogs can be trained a
lot easier than cats. That might be because dogs are so loyal. What this boils down to is I think cats are more "anti-social". But they're not
necessarily dumb. I often will watch our dog and our cat play. The dog seems to have a superiority complex and will chase the cat. But when they're
friendly, the cat never tries to chase the dog away. The cat could easily claw an eye out if it wanted.
Cats have a dumb but loving indifference. Dogs have a impassioned loyalty. I don't think I'll ever see a cat try to protect a home like a dog will. A
cat will just hide if there's a stranger.
When the owner comes home after being away, dogs seem to go crazy and anticipate it the whole time. It's like seeing their owner after 20 years. A
cat, by comparison, sleepily nods at you.
There're times I'll swear the cat is smarter. Other times I'll swear the dog is smarter. They're just different. Cats are lone hunters. Dogs are more
like pack hunters. Different temperament. Domesticated, they've no need to hunt. But their innate instincts are still the same. A dog wants to be in a
pack; a family. A cat is kind of a loner; uses its own cunning almost exclusively.
My personality type is INTP. I think that's why I prefer cats. I don't crave the attention of other things so when a cat lightly acknowledge my
presence, it's affirming and I like it that way. And I don't want to clean up their poop, so it's nice that they take care of it themselves. When I
want some love, they give it to me and I return it. But since neither of us craves it, we go our own way when we're done. There're many things about
the cat I'll never know because of this. But I wouldn't want to intrude. I think even if I had hte opportunity, I would not understand the cat
Peace. Peace to the dolphins. Live long and prosper brothers and sisters.
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