Tuesday, November 23, 2004

No brute beast

Dolphins Protect New Zealand Swimmers from Shark

Another example of why dolphins and whales are amazing creatures. Not only did these dolphins exhibit reasoning skills, but this sort of inter-species altruism is not explainable in Darwinian terms of "survival of the fittest".

Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan, which You formed to play in it. Psalm 104:25-26

Sounds like a Cetacean to me. Some say Leviathan is a monster borrowed from Babylonian mythology, but I've never heard of a feared monster playing. Play is also characteristic of intelligence. I'm no tree hugger, but whales and dolphins ought to be protected, just as these protected the swimmers.