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Whales are gawkers?

by EdHannigan / July 24, 2008 3:32 AM PDT

Drive past a car accident, everybody slows down to look. Tell a toddler, "Don't touch that," and of course he or she does.
A U.S. Coast Guard ship assists in a 2005 attempt to disentangle a right whale from fishing gear.

Well, North Atlantic right whales are the same way.

Marine scientists say several right whales are struck and killed each year by commercial ships passing through their feeding grounds.

But when researchers blasted warning noises from ships to scare the whales away, the lumbering giants instead swam to the surface to see what was going on -- a response that put them in greater danger. Scientists found the animals are either so used to loud sounds, or so curious about them, that the noises apparently do the opposite of warning them.

Natural selection?
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Whales have different vocal and hearing
by drpruner / July 24, 2008 1:37 PM PDT
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responses. Perhaps there's an overtone of the ship's horn that has meaning for them. Unintended consequences.

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You would htink tehy would learn....
by EdHannigan / July 24, 2008 9:38 PM PDT

"Don't go toward that noise. That's how gran'paw bought it!"

I thought whales were highly intelligent. Guess not.

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Fish are intelligent..they're in school
by JP Bill / July 24, 2008 9:45 PM PDT

Whales are in pods.

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I'll admit you know more...
by EdHannigan / July 24, 2008 10:02 PM PDT

about fishing than I do.

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Everyone knows more about fishing than you do.
by JP Bill / July 24, 2008 10:22 PM PDT

But you keep trying.

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Well maybe you could teach me...
by EdHannigan / July 25, 2008 1:15 AM PDT

You're an expert with a lot of experience after all.

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Here's one tip
by JP Bill / July 25, 2008 1:55 AM PDT

Don't wait 2 + hours before you reel them in

Someone makes a post at 5:22..... you respond at 8:15.....that's waaaay too long.

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(NT) You got both tires pumped up?
by critic411 / July 25, 2008 1:55 AM PDT
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(NT) Don't disturb Grasshopper.
by JP Bill / July 25, 2008 1:56 AM PDT
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Perhaps you and Ed could invest in a tandem bike
by JP Bill / July 25, 2008 2:03 AM PDT

OR maybe you/he already have one

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Not at bad idea.
by critic411 / July 25, 2008 2:37 AM PDT

You can borrow it when your buddy gets out.

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Curiosity killed the... whale ?
by grimgraphix / July 25, 2008 1:43 AM PDT
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The other night as I was driving home, a white tail deer started to step out onto the road in front of me. I slowed down and honked the horn, which scared the animal off.

One would think that if an animal is drawn to explore a new sound that its' behavior might go towards supporting the idea the animal is more, rather than less intelligent. The fact that it's own curiosity may end up killing it is unfortunate.

Let us hope the same does not happen to us, when the scientists turn the CERN supercollider experiment up to full power in an attempt to understand the building blocks of the universe. (grin)

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