Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Killer Whales Let Dogs Live, Rather Than Slaughtering Them Like They Do Humans. Why?

Everyone incorrectly knows how killer whales like to kill humans-well, at least when the humans keep them in tiny little pens. Apparently, though, out in the wild, killer whales do not like to kill dogs. As Jennifer Viegas reported recently at Discovery, whale researchers have noticed a "mysterious connection" between whales and dogs.

Carrie Newell, who runs Whale Research EcoExcursions in Depoe Bay, Oregon, often brings her golden retriever Kida with her on her work. "Kida is very attuned to the sea life," said Newell, "especially the whales. And various times I have had a whale travel along the length of my boat while Kida runs on the tube following it… Other researchers have told me that people with dogs have better whale encounters possibly because of some connection between the two. I have also observed that if I am excited and clap or call to them, then the whales feed off this excitement and approach closer."

Yeah. Well, I'm going to start keeping a closer eye on dogs from now on. Especially since I know they can be totally racist.

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C_Webb (#855)

Immediately after I read this post, I found my dog drinking from the toilet. Or was she COMMUNICATING WITH HER ORCA MASTERS?

kneetoe (#1,881)

Hahaha. The old "many experts believe . . . " approach, where said experts are nowhere to be seen.

El Matardillo (#586)

Scientists, astronauts and other key people. Top men.

Top. Men.

Mindpowered (#948)

Not bottoms?

Mindpowered (#948)

Would you eat something that smelled like wet dog?

irishbreakfast (#4,123)

Do you think the "Whale Research" part of the "Whale Research EcoExcursion" will ever realize that Orcas are not whales? Obviously that's what the Orca is discussing with the dog–either that or "no, the water's really warm, come on in!".

Flashman (#418)

Sweet. But is that a goth golden retreiver?

Art Yucko (#1,321)

The dogs will chase us, en masse, into the sea- whereupon the Orcas will cleave us all in two with their chainsaw teeth. The Isopods will clean up the mess on the ocean floor.

I was told this many years ago, by the two Doberman Pinschers who would frequently step to me and corner me whilst walking to Grade school. They had put me and all of my friends ON NOTICE. This one little bipedal asshole refused submission and was promptly CHASED and BIT ON THE ASS.

At the time I thought it strange, these hateful black and brown beasts confiding this nefarious plan to a couple of small children… I had never seen an Orca and I didn't even know what an Isopod was… but sadly, it's all crystal clear to me now.

mickeyitaliano (#2,202)

Six Degree's. I think these same bastards terrorized me (and my dreams).

HiredGoons (#603)

Well, they both do get fed ground up horsemeat in captivity so I'm sure they have something against us.

saythatscool (#101)

Not to mention the horses.

HiredGoons (#603)

Nobody likes horses.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Really? I hear they're tasty.

Bittersweet (#765)

Except, you know, these guys.

saythatscool (#101)

Two guys, 1 horse. That which has been seen, cannot be unseen.

Many animal experts believe that a primitive communication system unites virtually all mammals
My monkey still uses dial-up, but it's very reliable!

scroll_lock (#4,122)

I guess he's too evolved for the orange juice cans connected by string of which my beagle's so fond.

WindowSeat (#180)

Hmmm. Grey Whale is a filter feeder right? Push that dog into the water with a Toothed Whale (Orca) and see what sort of "mysterious connection" ensues.

belltolls (#184)

Same connection I have with a Ritz cracker. People who live in the Pacific Northwest have mush for brains.

mickeyitaliano (#2,202)

How a happy, sans Lexipro moment turns whacko.

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