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#1 Mar 11 2013 at 12:23 AM Rating: Excellent
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It was only a few decades ago that scientists and medical scientists insisted that animals didn't have emotions like we did, let alone some kind of sentience. I remembered being really angry with one of my best friends who was in med school, participating in animal experiments, when she insisted to me that "animals don't feel pain like we do". I tried arguing the point, and she pulled out what she was taught in class, and how "reading animal traits like human traits is just anthropomorphizing them. There's no logical reason to think that they are conscious of pain".

Dolphin trainers have been working up a sign language to direct their performing animals for a while. I didn't know it, but they already have a sign (the one they co-opted makes me giggle) to tell/ask a dolphin to make up a new trick by itself. Now the trainers have figured out that dolphins are smart enough to put the sign "together" with "create new trick". When asked to do so, two dolphins conferred below water, and then performed a syncronised trick on the water surface that they hadn't performed together before.

Well, I hope these captured beings are finding some captivity activities and interactions that compensate a little for being stuck in tiny enclosures compared to the vast open ocean.
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Yesterday's news, but it was still cool.

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Dolphins are still kind of creepy and rapists though.
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Well, I hope these captured beings are finding some captivity activities and interactions that compensate a little for being stuck in tiny enclosures compared to the vast open ocean.

40 leagues and a herring?

Edited, Mar 11th 2013 7:32am by Smasharoo
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Dolphins are still kind of creepy and rapists though.

We don't know that ALL of them are rapists. What if it's just a few spoiling the reputations of the rest? As for the creep factor... I wish people would stop lying on piers with their legs spread and encouraging dolphins to rise out of the water and hump them. Is it just me or is it still beastiality when you have all your clothes on, and it's just a quick frot? I get quite an erk factor out of that. Is it bad because my stomach doesn't like it? Is it alright for humans and dolphins to have consensual foreplay when both species can communicate when they're saying "yes" to each other?
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Scientists have had reason to suspect that dolphins were a self aware species for some time now. I remember one test where researchers put mirrors in a dolphin tank, and tested to see whether or not they thought it was a reflection of themselves, another dolphin, etc.

All the dolphins consistently realized it was their own reflection, and were able to solve puzzles that required this concept. That suggests that they have some form of self awareness, though it's important to not attempt and claim they have human-like awareness (not to devalue them, but to keep us from making assumptions about it that hinder the science).

I think they repeated the experiment (or did a similar one) with one of the super intelligent bird species, and the results again strongly favored self-awareness.
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Is it alright for humans and dolphins to have consensual foreplay when both species can communicate when they're saying "yes" to each other?

If it's a captive dolphin you need to consent from the owner.




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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Dolphins are still kind of creepy and rapists though.
Yeah, but ducks are necrophiliacs.
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Smasharoo wrote:
Well, I hope these captured beings are finding some captivity activities and interactions that compensate a little for being stuck in tiny enclosures compared to the vast open ocean.

40 leagues and a herring?

Edited, Mar 11th 2013 7:32am by Smasharoo


You can't till fields with a herring, they're only good for chopping down trees. They'll need a lobster to pull the plow.
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Needs more smoked salmon.
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Aripyanfar wrote:
As for the creep factor... I wish people would stop lying on piers with their legs spread and encouraging dolphins to rise out of the water and hump them.

Smiley: dubious

Smiley: confused

This is a thing now? Kids these days...
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Aripyanfar wrote:
As for the creep factor... I wish people would stop lying on piers with their legs spread and encouraging dolphins to rise out of the water and hump them.

Smiley: dubious

Smiley: confused

This is a thing now? Kids these days...
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I'm not sure if I'm picturing it correctly. Is the dolphin-luring person on the dock with legs spread, lying on their back or on their front?
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Apparently, for a Dolphin "hug", you sit on a pier/pontoon at water level, with your feet in the water, and knees spread wide apart. You spread your arms wide apart, and a dolphin will rise out of the water, and push you backwards onto the pier. The "hug" usually involves the dolphin vigorously dry humping the human huggee, and then rolling off back into the water. Youtube videos usually have a whole heap of people laughing their heads off in the soundtrack. Yeah, just as funny as a dog humping your leg, only funnier, cause the Dolphin is bigger than you are. Smiley: rolleyes
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Funny videos returned when searching for "dolphin hugs": 0

I call shenanigans.
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I really didn't want to link one >.<

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Well, if you're into that I'm sure someone makes dolphin **** shaped **** toys.
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Just reminds me of the King of the Hill Episode that I youtubed but decided against.

Edited, Mar 11th 2013 1:47pm by lolgaxe
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Well, if you're into that I'm sure someone makes dolphin **** shaped **** toys.

I think I'm getting old. I'd prefer people to keep their consensual beastiality to private, indoor venues.
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That's why I keep my **** dolphin in my bathtub.
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You rinse your human filth off onto a poor unsuspecting dolphin?
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At this point the dolphin certainly suspects it.
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THAT filth is the least of Sir Splash-a-lot's concerns.
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THAT filth is the least of Sir Splash-a-lot's concerns.

It's the My Little Pony outfit that you make him wear.
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I actually almost bumped the manta ray thread to post this, since it involves photographers taking pictures of manta rays in Hawaii. Then I realized that this was actually the thread I wanted to post in, pretty weird.

Regardless, I know at least it's Ari's cup of tea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCXx2bNk6UA&feature=player_embedded

Photographers are approached by a dolphin in distress, and upon further inspection find a hook and fishing line entwined on one of its pectoral fins. Video of the dolphin encounter and subsequent "rescue".
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This is a great video. I've seen shorter excerpts of it before, but it was amazing to see the huge underwater setup to film the manta rays, all those lights! It's great seeing whales and dolphins trusting humans in and out of the water. For every "horny dolphin molests human" video, there's 10 or 20 "Dolphin rescues human/dog/whale" story. I really wish boats that are fishing or whaling boats would paint a special pattern on their underwater hulls, so smarter marine life could tell which boats weren't trustworthy, and which ones were.
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I'm holding out for "Horny dolphin humps dog" stories myself.
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if you care to search for it in Youtube, I'm sure you'll find one.
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Kind of.
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#31 Mar 15 2013 at 10:26 AM Rating: Good
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Poor thing. Needs to be put out to stud, Or bought a girlfriend. At least it hasn't taken to raping the backyard hens.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Dolphins are still kind of creepy and rapists though.

They really are just like people!
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