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jokerdanny
my other bio is a macro
10:22 AM on 06/27/2012
they just made rick santorum and baby jesus cry
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MrNanners
I'm here to fling my Poo.
10:16 AM on 06/27/2012
I want in on the smooching.
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Axekick
If we agree on everything only 1 of us is necesary
10:15 AM on 06/27/2012
Dolphins are so sweet, social and outright cool. If you ever see them from a small boat they will demand your attention once you stop. They bob upright as if analyzing you, then usually dive down to get their young and start doing tricks(synchronized jumping) for you. They will continue to do so for about 20-30 minutes before leaving.

The only time I attempted to get into the water with them it seemed to frighten them away so I never tried again.
hellinahandcart
Your silence will not protect you.
10:26 AM on 06/27/2012
Next time, perhaps act as though you're somehow impaired. I've read many many accounts of dolphins coming to the rescue of an impaired human in the ocean.
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Axekick
If we agree on everything only 1 of us is necesary
05:18 PM on 06/27/2012
It would be easiest for me to act mentally impaired . . . will they still aide me? : )
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whatsurbrain4
10:41 AM on 06/27/2012
Don't be afraid or excited. Just calm and happy. They pick up on emotions just like dogs do.
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Axekick
If we agree on everything only 1 of us is necesary
05:24 PM on 06/27/2012
I don't fear them at all. I am always excited and try to appear calm but if they are like dogs their perception is better than my acting. But now that you mention it one thing I could do is avoid grabbing the camera so quickly and in hindsight that does appear to intimidate them initially.
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10:10 AM on 06/27/2012
Here's a link to a recent article about the Slidell dolphin:

http://theadvocate.com/home/3182279-125/people-warned-to-stay-clear

Maybe he will at some point decide he needs to find himself a more appropriate crowd to run--excuse me---swim with! (i.e., other dolphins rather than rowdy humans)
10:08 AM on 06/27/2012
Making the news in South Louisiana is a gregarious young male dolphin which has taken up residence in a suburban New Orleans area waterfront residential canal.

He's not only become a tourist attraction, but has reportedly exhibited some rather aggressive behavior.

Just remember...anything with teeth CAN bite.

It's always a treat to see dolphins, which we do fairly often down here on the Gulf coast. They have to be one of the most interesting creatures ever.
hellinahandcart
Your silence will not protect you.
10:35 AM on 06/27/2012
Read the article. Seems to me ya'll need to find another dolphin (female?) to bring in w/ him.
He is lonely.
10:18 AM on 06/28/2012
Why?

If this dolphin got there on his own, and can leave any time he chooses, why interfere?

If he's lonely, let him find his own companion. Who are we to choose for him? He may not prefer the female humans might choose for him. He may not prefer females at all. He may not prefer other dolphins.

Takes all kinds to make a world, you know. If that's true for humans, it may also be true for other critters .
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dlaky17
Eternal dreamer forever following a Quimera.
09:58 AM on 06/27/2012
This is just too cool for words!
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Bertski
just a guy trying not to be part of the problem
09:58 AM on 06/27/2012
While this is a cute video, you can clearly see that the dolphin is being instructed by the guy in the boat to "kiss" the dog. It looks like the man may have a whistle in his mouth, which is used by trainers. Dolphins are incredibly intelligent, sensitive, curious, and playful creatures, but they don't generally use their snouts to kiss other animals. I have been nuzzled by dolphins in a way that appeared affectionate, but that could also just be anthropomorphism on my part. Bottom line: dolphins and whales should be appreciated and admired for their grace, intelligence, and social structures (though they are capable of cruelty, too), but not trapped in cement tanks for our amusement and profit. Going to marine parks and swim-with-the-dolphins programs may be fun, but it encourages greedy humans to continue capturing and imprisoning these beautiful creatures. If you haven't seen the movie, "The Cove," (http://thecovemovie.com/) you might want to do so, just to better understand the issue.
hellinahandcart
Your silence will not protect you.
10:51 AM on 06/27/2012
Hi Bertski.
I haven't seen "The Cove," but have read articles on it (not sure I can handle it). From what I understand, it is about harvesting dolphin for food in a 'cove' in a Japanese island. If this is correct, it is different from keeping dolphins in a waterpark-- assuming the waterpark gives them plenty of space, food and attention.
I grew up in Florida and have seen all the marine animal shows, many times over. It seems to me that dolphins are almost like dogs, in that while they might be happier in the wild, they seem to also really like humans and being around humans and the adoration and attention we give them. They respond really positively to our attention and affection, and if the oceans and seas are becoming too polluted for them to live and breed, might not it not be a good thing if we are keep and breed them in 'captivity'?
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Bertski
just a guy trying not to be part of the problem
02:49 PM on 06/27/2012
Hi, hellinahandcart - "The Cove" is about more than just Taiji's slaughter of captured dolphins. It explains much about the inner workings of the dolphin trade, as well. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Yes, there are a few painful scenes, but you can choose not to view a few minutes of the film, if it upsets you. (I suffered through it - it's not pretty). The rest of the film is quite engaging, almost a spy thriller type of movie.

As for your comments about dolphins in captivity, I could write pages in response, but this isn't the correct forum for it. Brief reply: Dolphins have been shown to be far closer to humans than we previously thought. Imagine being forced to live your life in one empty room, fed what and when your keepers decide is best for you, and subjected to learning circus tricks for rewards. These free-ranging, acoustic mammals deserve a natural life, even if they do enjoy interacting with us. If you like, I can send you some links to very informative sites.
09:56 AM on 06/27/2012
Dolphins are orders of magnitude more intelligent and compassionate than your average right-winger.
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GeneralRemy
Run While You Still Can !
09:55 AM on 06/27/2012
Support Sea Shepherd !
These poor dolphins won't make it, if they're counting on the government we have.
10:51 AM on 06/27/2012
But whales are so tasty!
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GeneralRemy
Run While You Still Can !
11:40 PM on 06/27/2012
.....sigh....
09:47 AM on 06/27/2012
Dogs and dolphins, what's not to love?
hellinahandcart
Your silence will not protect you.
10:03 AM on 06/27/2012
Agree, Bob. They're my two favorite.

F&F
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Stephen Thorpe
Every breath you take - I'll take one too!
09:42 AM on 06/27/2012
Aren't dolphins distant cousins of the dog?
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DJlaysitup
Most people who have been fooled won't believe it.
10:04 AM on 06/27/2012
I believe you are right. A science-savvy friend of mine told me once that dolphins actually have vestiges of hip bones which basically proves that they evolved back into the water from the land.
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InisLass
But for the grace of God, go I.
09:38 AM on 06/27/2012
"Dolphins and dogs are among the most intelligent animals on Earth, and a recent report confirms that in some ways, the marine mammals are extremely similar to humans."

Precious animals. Luckily, these Loves don't seem to stoop to the unkindnesses too many of OUR species have, especially of late. Lovely lessons they share with us when we pay attention.
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Act out
Make love not war.
09:55 AM on 06/27/2012
Unfortunately I was shocked when I saw this video (link below). This is probably happening more often because of food shortages but still it was sad to see.

Dolphins attack porpoises.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8NXACGZfrs
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Axekick
If we agree on everything only 1 of us is necesary
10:11 AM on 06/27/2012
Nope, this story claims it isn't likely due to food competition but rather male bottlenose dolphins unable to find breeding partners and taking out their frustrations on the common dolphin.

(it's always the males screwing everything up, violently usually)

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21028154.700-californian-dolphin-gang-caught-killing-porpoises.html
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Tblack
10:07 AM on 06/27/2012
Killer Whales ( the largest dolphins ) have a cranial capacity that I think put their intelligence at par or ahead of ours. I'm certain that once we break dolphin sonar codes we will see that highest evolved mammals live in the sea.
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rabit818
09:29 AM on 06/27/2012
That's the first nice thing I've seen this am. It will be a good day :)
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johnnygoodwud
09:24 AM on 06/27/2012
now THAT just made my day. if only we humans could only get along