Big Sarge Tuesday Sep 16 12:00 AM
September 16, 2008 Dolphin Birth
The birth of a bottle nose dolphin in captivity
ZenGum Tuesday Sep 16 12:10 AM
Lets get this out of the way:
morethanpretty Tuesday Sep 16 12:19 AM
I'm supposed to go "Beautiful, the miracle of life!" Instead I'm just like,"Ewww, why does the miracle have to look so gross?"
footfootfoot Tuesday Sep 16 12:24 AM
That looks like a breech birth to me, I'm no intelligent designer but I'd have the critter swim out nose first even if it does mean mom has to make a U turn.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 16 12:44 AM
Ewww... I'll never have sex with another Dolphin.
Clodfobble Tuesday Sep 16 01:14 AM
I was thinking the same thing, foot. Every animal I've ever seen is supposed to give birth head-first.
zippyt Tuesday Sep 16 01:14 AM
Oh a Little one !!
sweetwater Tuesday Sep 16 01:38 AM
Tail first ensures that the calf's propulsion is ready to get the nose to the surface. Mom dolphins help, but the young have to swim or, you know, sink... although they'll eventually float. Just be belly up.
SPUCK Tuesday Sep 16 05:28 AM
These two presented shots are a misrepresentation.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Sep 16 10:29 AM
I guess in the ocean, the depth of that pool is close to the surface.
birdclaw Tuesday Sep 16 12:28 PM
For some reason I thought the baby dolphin would be smaller. But at that size it would be the perfect dinner for two.
Sarasvati48 Tuesday Sep 16 07:55 PM
Dolphins breath air. The baby would drown if it birthed head first. Ain't nature clever?
ZenGum Tuesday Sep 16 09:11 PM
Sarasvati is on the bull's eye. Dolphins must breech birth otherwise the little one's blow-hole (Sheldon, stop thinking that) would be under water for too long and it would drown.
Gravdigr Tuesday Sep 16 10:25 PM
The Mythbusters did an episode where they tested the myth that sharks are afraid of/and/or do not like dolphins. They tested great whites off the coast of Africa with a fake seal (great white's fav food, I guess). The sharks attacked the fake seal every time, until they put a fake dolphin in the water near the fake seal. The sharks would swim near, catch sight of the 'dolphin', and make a hasty retreat.
Aliantha Tuesday Sep 16 10:30 PM
That same myth has been disproven in many real life instances where sharks have attacked people swimming with dolphins.
Undertoad Tuesday Sep 16 11:13 PM
Maybe the sharks can't tell it's a dolphin...?
Clodfobble Tuesday Sep 16 11:39 PM
Maybe it depends on the breed of shark.
Elspode Wednesday Sep 17 12:11 AM
sweetwater Wednesday Sep 17 01:06 AM
ZenGum Wednesday Sep 17 02:18 AM
Umm, well, yes, now that you point it out to me ... :p
: Doffs cap to Sweetwater, adds polite bow for cultural reasons :
DucksNuts Wednesday Sep 17 04:37 AM
Bullsharks - they are just sharks, they are eeeeeevil.
stevecrm Wednesday Sep 17 10:24 AM
That was not a dolphin giving birth, the first dolphin done a high speed emergency stop while the second dolphin was tailgating and could not stop in time
Aliantha Wednesday Sep 17 06:06 PM
I was talking to Dazza about possible reasons why people think Dolphins don't swim with sharks, and I came up with a theory that if dolphins know a shark is about they take off because they're a sharks' natural prey. So in effect, if the dolphins are hanging around, it might indicate that there aren't any sharks about, but if the dolphins bugger off, so should you.
Of course, when there's schools of bait fish about, both dolphins and sharks feed from the same school at the same time, so that sort of blows a hole in that theory.
I've also personaly witnessed dolphins and sharks swimming in the same waters within moments of each other on Fraser Island during Taylor season. Actually, I had an eye opener when I was there as a kid. There were large sharks (I'm talking 3 or more metres long) swimming in the wash up from the waves. That's knee deep and less water, so since then I've held the belief, that if you're going to go in up to your knees, you might as well go the whole way in if it's sharks you're worried about.
I think mythbusters should probably stick to physics and chemistry though. That experiment they did has no scientific value what so ever, other than to prove that some sharks don't like rubber.
Personally, I think too many people have been watching flipper.
Gravdigr Thursday Sep 18 01:31 AM
Coign Thursday Sep 18 01:37 PM
Talking about dolphins, check out this awesome video posted on Snopes today.
dar512 Thursday Sep 18 02:18 PM
Pico and ME Thursday Sep 18 05:21 PM
richlevy Friday Sep 19 09:00 PM
Oh man, after seeing that I can never have sex with a dolphin again.:p