reply to post by antar
Not sure if your answer gives much relief from the sadness I feel in seeing these beautiful giants of the oceans floor continue to float dead
to the surface.
Animals die, antar, and when they die they leave corpses. Console yourself with the thought that if a dead squid was found floating, complete, on the
surface, it wasn't torn apart by the jaws of a sperm whale while still alive—the usual fate of these monsters. The ocean is a deadly place, far more
so than the land. The struggle for existence there is ferocious and relentless.
There is a fish called the mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus
) that is common in most of the world's tropical and temperate oceans. Mahi-mahi
pretty much exist to be eaten; it's been calculated that about 90 percent of all mahi-mahi end up being eaten alive. But that is the common fate of
most ocean denizens.
Do you know what is the world's most successful predator, after man? It's Orcinus orca
, the killer whale. It has the widest distribution of any
mammal except H. sapiens
, thriving in a wide variety of environments from the Equator to the poles, a beautiful, deadly, highly intelligent
(it's a dolphin), versatile, insatiable killing machine.
Dolphins, too, are deadly predators. In addition, the sexual behaviour of at least some dolphin species is based on gang-rape.
And in the deep dark depths where dolphins and orca do not go, pilot whales and sperm whales are equally deadly predators. And they are just the apex
of a whole pyramid of predatory and parasitical relationships among ocean life that extends from the air above (predatory birds) to the benthic ooze.
There is no escape anywhere.
We think of baleen whales (the plankton feeders—blues, humpbacks and the rest) as relatively benign creatures because they don't hunt prey large
enough for us to feel empathy with. But every day, a blue whale swallows anything up to seven tons of krill (small shrimp) and other 'zooplankton',
meaning small animals—bait fish, fry, jellyfish, squid, and so on. Tens of thousands of tiny lives with every gulp. They are not vegetarians.
None of this has anything to do with human impact on the oceans, deleterious though that undoubtedly is. This is Nature at her finest. She is not
sentimental. She doesn't do compassion. She cares nothing for the feelings of sensitive, kind-hearted folk.
edit on 4/4/13 by Astyanax because: all dolphins need not be slandered.