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[evol-psych] Evidence Puts Dolphins in New Light, as Killers

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  • Ian Pitchford
    NEW YORK TIMES July 6, 1999Evidence Puts Dolphins in New Light, as KillersBy WILLIAM J. BROADEverybody loves dolphins, those playful models of animal
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 1999
      NEW YORK TIMES
      July 6, 1999

      Evidence Puts Dolphins in New Light, as Killers

      By WILLIAM J. BROAD

      Everybody loves dolphins, those playful models of animal wisdom, celebrated for
      protecting shipwrecked sailors and spending their days frolicking happily in
      the waves. Movies, television and water shows feature their antics.

      Nowadays, thousands of tourists swim with dolphins, captive and wild, with more
      signing up every day to commune with their animal intelligence. Most recently,
      a variety of organizations have sprung up that offer tours to places like the
      Florida Keys, the Azores and New Zealand, where participants can swim with wild
      dolphins and, brochures proclaim, experience emotional healing and spiritual
      awakening.

      But scientists, following a trail of bloody clues, are discovering that
      dolphins are far from the happy, peaceful creatures that humans think they
      know.

      Growing evidence shows that the big animals, up to 12 feet long, are killing
      fellow mammals in droves, wielding their beaks as clubs and slashing away with
      rows of sharp teeth. Dolphins have been found to bludgeon porpoises to death by
      the hundreds. Unlike most animal killers, which eat their prey, dolphins seem
      to have murderous urges unrelated to the need for food.

      Read the article (today only) at:

      http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/070699sci-animal-dolphin.html



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