Here we have the orcas.
Recently one was causing concern, controversy really.
He was too friendly in the Puget Sound.
He was separated from his known pod.
Although it "understood" by some that he probably could find his pod,
it was apparent he prefered the company of humans in their boats.
He'd frequent the local marine docks, repeating his entertaining actions nearly daily.
Nuzzling/bumping the sides of boats.
Racing and jumping in sync with boats that were under power and moving.
A local Indian tribe intervened, risking law enforcement action by doing so,
when government officials made attempts to lure/trap him so they
could assist him
to find his pod. It had been determined he was in danger around props.
Setting a bad example for animals in "busy waterways".
The tribe had recently buried their chief of many decades.
On his death bed he said he would come back as orca.
Occasionally small "sub-pods" appear in other parts of the large Puget Sound.
I've seen them on a ferryboat crossing once myself.
They do surface and manuver sorta in sync with watercraft.
It delights and fascinates people.
Last year 37 whales beached on the east coast.
An educated person did a study/report of the event.
This week it was reported that all references to Navy sonar activity at that time
were deleted from the report.
The Navy is "sensitive to such claims and/or questions".
Well, we do not live as mammels in water, which covers 3/4 of the entire world.
We certainly do live as exploiters of that vast resource.
We as humans always have, to the extent we could throughout the ages.
Call me a "tree hugger" or "environmentalist/activist" if you must,
but I think history clearly has documented foolish & greedy actions
taken by whomever profits by doing so .. usually with sanctions from
authoritative bodies. Governments collect money by taxing profits.
Off topic ... sorry.
I do hope the whale survives the publicity despite it's disorientaion.
Edited by phawgg, 21 January 2006 - 05:07 AM.