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   Undertoad  Friday Jan 5 09:13 AM

January 5, 2007: Writing sea lion



Caught by Spluch is this fine AFP story and image, the official caption and photo credit:

Quote:
Artist at work : Nine-year-old sea lion Jonao holds a brush between his teeth to write a letter of wild boar in Chinese characters, in preparation for the new year at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)
"Wild boar", he wrote. It makes you wonder whether they wait until he's done writing, and then figure out which slashes correspond to a Chinese character.


milkfish  Friday Jan 5 09:23 AM

Meant to say "I'm bored."



Sheldonrs  Friday Jan 5 09:32 AM

Is it just me, or does the bottom figure look like a human bending over?



glatt  Friday Jan 5 09:38 AM

They read it wrong, the sea lion is doing fractions. 1/42



Sundae  Friday Jan 5 09:41 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Is it just me, or does the bottom figure look like a human bending over?
Yes! It's obviously a person throwing a fish. And the cheering crowd is represented by the person with spread arms above it.

Jonao san is simply stating a desire for "More fissssh please!"


YellowBolt  Friday Jan 5 10:01 AM

http://www.cellar.org/iotd.php?threadid=7840

I don't know about you, but it seems like he's gotten better since last time.



Undertoad  Friday Jan 5 10:08 AM

Durn, another one where I forgot about the earlier entry!

I used to remember all of them, but it gets impossible... this is the 1909th one!



Flint  Friday Jan 5 11:11 AM

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wolf  Friday Jan 5 02:28 PM

That really looks like someone got him started with the right character, and then shoved a brush in his mouth for a photo op. I need video.



footfootfoot  Friday Jan 5 03:11 PM

Mom, camp is ok but boring. send more money for sea urchins and kelp.
thanks. say hi to sparky.
love



Shawnee123  Friday Jan 5 03:32 PM

He has many talents...You should hear him sing!



Sundae  Friday Jan 5 03:50 PM

Does he sing like this?

Safe for work but it is a song, so turn your monitor down



Shawnee123  Friday Jan 5 04:24 PM

He does include that song in his repertoire, it's his signature song in fact. However, he tends to sing it less falsetto; more bluesy. He's a very deep and soulful sea lion.



Karenv  Friday Jan 5 05:02 PM

Has anyone ever considered that he might have the intelligence to be taught to paint specific characters? I mean they say a dog is equivalent to a seven year old, and seven year olds aren't dumb, so a seal is probably trainable. (I don't believe for a minute that he can read it.) But I suspect the lack of an opposable thumb (or flipper bone) is the major obstacle to demonstrating intelligence.



glatt  Friday Jan 5 05:20 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karenv View Post
I mean they say a dog is equivalent to a seven year old,
I can't get past this. Sure, dogs are smart, and are trainable and all. But my daughter is seven right now, and I'm absolutely amazed at everything she already knows. There's just no comparison between a dog and a 7 year old human. And I like dogs.


Clodfobble  Friday Jan 5 05:21 PM

No kidding. A seven-year-old can read well and do quite a lot of math, just for starters. I'd say a dog is equivalent to a 3 year old.



monster  Friday Jan 5 10:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by milkfish View Post
Meant to say "I'm bored."
Wild Boar / Wildly Bored. Easy mistake to make.


Happy Monkey  Friday Jan 5 11:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Does he sing like this?

Safe for work but it is a song, so turn your monitor down
Trivia: Anyone know which "Fish Heads" singer was a star of Babylon 5? And what his previous claim to fame was?


wolf  Saturday Jan 6 03:18 AM

That is just too easy for this crowd. Bill Mumy was half of Barnes and Barnes ... and he played Will Robinson on Lost in Space, as anybody who halfway paid attention to Dr. Demento in the 70s knows.



wolf  Saturday Jan 6 03:19 AM

I guess if a sea lion can balance a ball on his nose for hours at a time, writing Chinese characters must be a piece of cake.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 6 03:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karenv View Post
snip~ But I suspect the lack of an opposable thumb (or flipper bone) is the major obstacle to demonstrating intelligence.
But Stephen Hawking doesn't have opposable thumbs that work.


Shawnee123  Saturday Jan 6 09:26 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
I guess if a sea lion can balance a ball on his nose for hours at a time, writing Chinese characters must be a piece of cake.
For HOURS? Really?


Happy Monkey  Saturday Jan 6 02:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
That is just too easy for this crowd. Bill Mumy was half of Barnes and Barnes ... and he played Will Robinson on Lost in Space, as anybody who halfway paid attention to Dr. Demento in the 70s knows.
I knew I should have said "anybody but wolf"...


wolf  Saturday Jan 6 02:47 PM

I am acknowledged in my circle of friends as the Fount of All Knowledge. I have personlized pencils that say so.

One of my other friends, the Great Mall of Wisdom, has personalized pens.

The reason for the difference should be obvious.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 6 08:29 PM

I knew he was Will Robinson, but no idea who Barnes and Barnes are. Do I get half credit?



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