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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cetacean Encephalization Level

Wow, that's a mouthful!  For those of you like me, no college education, these are fancy words for "brain to body mass ratio".  Did you know that out of all the animals on this earth, cetaceans (dolphins and whales) are second to only humans in their Encephalization Level.  Highly intelligent mammals who in some ways are even smarter than us.  Here are a few more eye opening facts for you to think about.....
  1. They understand us, but we don't understand them.  They do what we ask them to do once we teach them what we want, but what do they want from us?
  2. They are proven to be self-aware.  They recognize themselves in a mirror....not that they see a dolphin looking back at them, they recognize themselves.  Flipper's trainer, Ric O'Barry from the award winning documentary, "The Cove", (you should watch it if you haven't already), states that the dolphins he trained (there were three of them who played flipper) would look at the TV he would plug in for them at the end of the pier and knew if it was them or not in that particular episode.
  3. They have families who are close knit called pods.  I've seen videos on youtube about dolphins who have been separated from others in their pod and mothers separated from their babies (calves) and could have left them behind, escaped sure death from Japanese fisherman in Taiji, Japan, but stayed to try and help the one or more trapped.  They care for each others well being. I don't know about you, but I've never seen a FISH do that.  They scatter!  Run for your life!  Every man or fish I should say, for themselves!
  4. They grieve!  It has been documented on video several times seeing a mother dolphin carrying her dead calf on her nose for weeks.  THEY GRIEVE!
Today, I grieve for them!  Everyday more and more are captured, slaughtered, or die in captivity.  On April 2nd, 2011 the GA Aquarium will bring shame to Atlanta by opening their dolphin exhibit and exploiting dolphins for human entertainment and greed.  Yes, let's not forget the greed!  There is money to be made in the dolphin slavery industry.  Lots and lots of money!  I have vowed to not spend one red cent ever again to support the facilities that hold captive the mammals I so dearly love and admire!  Won't you join me and others who feel the same in a protest against putting dolphins and whales in captivity?  For more info on how you can help, contact me at 

Check back for more info on dolphins and whales coming soon!

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