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Cute Dolphins Can Also Be Wanton Killers

Dolphins, long considered the world's most intelligent, sensitive and sociable creatures, have a secret: they can also be wanton killers:

The first was initially believed to show a dolphin fishing for salmon - until closer examination revealed a relentless attack on a porpoise, its body spinning round with such force that its back was broken and its soft tissue shattered.

Marine experts now believe that these displays of attacks on non-rival, non-predatory, peace-loving porpoises and, more shockingly, of dolphin infanticide, may have always taken place.

It is only now, with dolphins' more human-friendly behaviour taking them closer to tourist boats and beaches, that the violence is being witnessed first hand. Until the shocking realisation, dolphin-watchers in America had believed they were watching the mammals at play with their young.

Link - via The Wide World of Timbo


This behavior has been noted in the Moray Firth in Scotland for some time.More proof that dolphins are evil!
Did you know that they only "smile" when humans are watching.The moment our backs are turned they return to their usual malevolent snarl!!
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I drew a cartoon about dolphin hooliganism awhile back:
<img src="http://bp1.blogger.com/_okbACopjNRE/RhAhWph5OFI/AAAAAAAAANY/Mk_uGyLbGsE/s400/meandolphins.jpg"
Not that I endorse it...
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Let me try to embed that again (Neatorama crew: feel free to ax the bad link in the former comment- or in this comment if it doesn't work.)
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@Namowal

Hi there. You link doesn't seem to be working due to it's format. Well, I think it would probably work better if you try hosting it on a temporary server such as Imageshack.us. That way you won't have to worry about embedding it since that won't work. :)
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i watched a show about this on Animal Planet (<3) it's silly but at first i thought maybe there was a rogue psycho dolphin out killing...haha
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I seriously doubt any true marine expert said "that these displays of attacks on non-rival, non-predatory, peace-loving porpoises and, more shockingly, of dolphin infanticide, may have always taken place."

Peace-loving porpoises? Give me a break. It's the ocean, these are animals. Top level predators. We'll understand them better when we stop looking at projecting human ideals on them.
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Just think of them as Dogs of the ocean. May be they can be domesticated if they're trained, but left in the wild, they'll go do their thang.
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Hmmmm... I have to wonder about this. Recently the New York Times Sunday Magazine had a piece on how elephants are going insane. There was even an incident where a group of young elephants raped and murdered a rhinoceros. People studying this have concluded that the elephants are becoming psychotic as a result of drastic loss of social structure; it takes like 30 elephants to properly raise an elephant child.

So I wonder if this really has "always" happened among dolphins, or if it's also a recent development in reaction to their dwindling numbers.
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