Oh, they might be clever, but they’re not as hip as we once thought.
You see, Flipper likes to party. . .:
[quote]“Cetaceans seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in sexual activity. This may be generated by boredom in captivity, but observers in the wild tend to confirm it. Dolphins engage in love-play with almost every creature in sight - with mothers, brothers, fathers, daughters, cousins or aunts. There is even one record of a Bottlenose Dolphin masturbating with a herring”.
R. Brown, The Lure of the Dolphin, Avon: New York, 1979, quoted in Heathcote Williams, “Whale Nation”, Jonathan Cape ltd.,1988. [/quote]
. . . and party hard:
“[quote]Rape, even gang rape, is not unknown among other wild animals. But dolphins have perfected the practice. The team doing the herding is often shadowed at some distance by another. If outsiders try to steal the first team’s victim, the back-up group will come to the rescue - not of the female, but of their male friends.”
The Economist, the “Science and technology” section, “Sisterhood is powerful”, 3rd August 1991. (The author of the article is not given.)[/quote]
. . . . and doesn’t seem to know when to stop:
[quote]Sadly, those cute beeping, clicking, autistic-children