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cam9976's Avatar Comment 1 by cam9976

First!

I knew it! We need to destroy these slimy sea-monsters before they use their intelligence and technology to destroy all life on earth!

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 18:56:00 UTC | #389930

astronomer24's Avatar Comment 2 by astronomer24

Awesome. I love this website.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 18:57:00 UTC | #389933

Lithium_joe's Avatar Comment 4 by Lithium_joe

It is an important and popular fact, that 'things are not always what they seem'.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed he was the most intelligent species occupying the planet instead of the third most intelligent. The second most intelligent creatures were, of course, dolphins - who curiously enough, had long known of the impending destruction of The planet Earth. They had made many attempts to alert mankind to the danger but most of their communications were misinterpreted as amusing attempts, to punch footballs or whistle for titbits.

So they eventually decided they would leave Earth by their own means.

The last ever Dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double backward somersault, through a hoop, whilst whistling 'the star spangled banner.'

But in fact the message was this:

SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:03:00 UTC | #389935

JohnJSal's Avatar Comment 3 by JohnJSal

Dolphins rock. Who doesn't love them??

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:03:00 UTC | #389934

markg's Avatar Comment 5 by markg

cam9976,


We need to destroy these slimy sea-monsters before they use their intelligence and technology to destroy all life on earth!


Fear not, we're doing our best to accomplish that. See this example: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-060704-1.html

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:06:00 UTC | #389938

GBile's Avatar Comment 6 by GBile

The dolphin at 2:29 converted his ring into a Mobius ring, no kidding!

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:21:00 UTC | #389940

Quine's Avatar Comment 7 by Quine

<!-- -->Wow! Get some divers in there and see if humans can learn to do that.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:48:00 UTC | #389950

Donald's Avatar Comment 8 by Donald

Amazing skill. If dolphins are sentient, let's hope playing with rings helps keep them from going mad, cooped up in that tank.

Perhaps we can talk back using smoke rings.

(BTW, as many readers here will know, they use bubbles to corral and catch shoals of fish in the open ocean.)

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:55:00 UTC | #389953

pednm's Avatar Comment 9 by pednm

These dolphins are not the only ones apparently to enjoy this activity, the beluga whales in Vancouver Aquarium are also quite adept at this. With patience you might catch them doing it here Beluga Cam!

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:02:00 UTC | #389958

Colwyn Abernathy's Avatar Comment 10 by Colwyn Abernathy

O..M..G.

We are so doomed...

So long, and thanks for all the fish. :P

EDIT:

GBile,

The dolphin at 2:29 converted his ring into a Mobius ring, no kidding!


Dolphin mathematicians perhaps?

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:12:00 UTC | #389963

A's Avatar Comment 12 by A

We must destroy these atheist fish monsters.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:23:00 UTC | #389970

petermun's Avatar Comment 11 by petermun

I fear they are just stir-crazy and bored out of their minds.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:23:00 UTC | #389969

a6ftmunki's Avatar Comment 13 by a6ftmunki

"Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons."

All must worship the great Prophet Douglas!

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 20:46:00 UTC | #389980

Hellene's Avatar Comment 14 by Hellene

I'm sorry but most of the dolphins in dolphinariums are caught in Taiji Japan. The ones in US aquariums are not, at least that's what we are told. And anyone who has been paying attention to the news knows what happens to dolphins that don't get picked to perform in The Cove.

More information in this article, including dangerous levels of mercury in dolphin meat sold as whale meat:

http://www.japanfocus.org/-David-McNeill/2306

If anyone is interested you can sign a petition to stop the slaughter here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/end-dolphin-slaughter-in-japan

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 21:04:00 UTC | #389986

TGarrett's Avatar Comment 15 by TGarrett

Hey! We can do that too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BUZjR96tSU

We just need a 650HP 50 year old airplane and lots of airspace!

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 21:35:00 UTC | #389991

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 16 by DamnDirtyApe

11. Comment #407598 by petermun on August 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm

That's still more productive than most stir-crazy people.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 21:41:00 UTC | #389993

201curzonst's Avatar Comment 17 by 201curzonst

BubbleRing Blowing looks awesome - it's obviously one of those sports that combines artistic flair with athletic ability.

Especially love the two at 1.23:

"GET YO ROSTRUM OFF MAH BUBBLERING BEOTCH!"

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:39:00 UTC | #390001

AfraidToDie's Avatar Comment 18 by AfraidToDie

11. Comment #407598 by petermun: I fear they are just stir-crazy and bored out of their minds.


You may be jesting, but that was my first impression as well. Before we read too much intelligence in this, I have witnessed the mentally retarded performing strange unique feats of dexterity with no apparent use other than to occupy their boredom from hours of seclusion on the ward. Of course, I don’t believe we have really established just how intelligent dolphins and whales really are. Their brains are larger than ours, and you cannot judge their intelligence by accomplishment as they have no fingers and thumbs. They just feed and play in a liquid that covers our globe, possibly quite content to do what many of us wish we could do – really enjoy the moment.

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 23:27:00 UTC | #390014

Absurd Hero's Avatar Comment 19 by Absurd Hero

HA! So much fun watching one of our mammalian cousins play just as we would! I highly doubt this planet alone will ever run out of such spectacular displays!

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:35:00 UTC | #390032

TheLordHumungus's Avatar Comment 20 by TheLordHumungus

Get your bibles everybody, it is time to convert some god damn dolphins!

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:48:00 UTC | #390035

Hellene's Avatar Comment 21 by Hellene

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 01:05:00 UTC | #390039

J.Robert's Avatar Comment 22 by J.Robert

Dolphin Heresy!

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 02:32:00 UTC | #390049

EricTheRed's Avatar Comment 23 by EricTheRed

They clearly do this in adulation of Almighty Cod – sorry!

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 06:20:00 UTC | #390068

rod-the-farmer's Avatar Comment 24 by rod-the-farmer

I wonder if they learned this from watching a human blowing smoke rings while watching the dolphins through the viewing glass.

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 06:53:00 UTC | #390072

prettygoodformonkeys's Avatar Comment 25 by prettygoodformonkeys

@ Absurd Hero

So much fun watching one of our mammalian cousins play just as we would! I highly doubt this planet alone will ever run out of such spectacular displays!
Don't be so sure; they're talented, but they're delicious too!

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 14:24:00 UTC | #390186

Mr DArcy's Avatar Comment 26 by Mr DArcy

Dolphins rock. Who doesn't love them??


Er, maybe fish and whatever else they eat?

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:19:00 UTC | #390237

j.mills's Avatar Comment 27 by j.mills

This is remarkable. Would we have even known that semi-stable rings of air underwater were possible, without seeing this happen? Has anyone told the fluid dynamicists?

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 20:51:00 UTC | #390242

Driver's Avatar Comment 28 by Driver

Well done, Lithium_joe. You beat me to it. All this time, and Douglas Adams was the only human to correctly interpret the message from the dolphins. And here we are misinterpreting Adams's relay of the warning as an amusing and fictitious tale...

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 21:51:00 UTC | #390250

zengardener's Avatar Comment 29 by zengardener

Dolphin art. How cool is that?

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 06:37:00 UTC | #390326

Saerain's Avatar Comment 30 by Saerain

Social mammals, represent!

It is good to know that, given several hundred millennia more, there are ample contenders for expansion into space if anything happens to us.

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 14:40:00 UTC | #390531