the best story i saw on tv or heard on radio was on 'all things considered' today.
see it's not uncommon in our state for dolphins to strand themselves on the shoreline.
i always wonder if it's a suicide?
maybe they're getting too old and are dying?
or maybe they lost a dolphin that they loved?
but they swim to shore and stay on the shoreline, beached, out of the water.
this month, 147 dolphins have done that (and 38 were successfully returned to the water). that is a large number.
in his npr report, brian morris explained:
Scientists are having a hard time explaining the dolphin strandings. Some say Cape Cod's hooked shape traps dolphins that swim into the bay and then can't find their way out. The cape also has numerous creeks and sand flats, as well as 9-foot tide fluctuations.
According to Katie Moore, head of IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team, there's another key factor.
"These are very social animals," she says. "When they do come into shore for whatever reason, they stick together. And so once that happens, you end up with many animals at the same time."poor things. did you see 'day of the dolphin' with george c. scott?
i love dolphins.
i've seen that movie many times.
but never saw the end until 2008.
i was afraid what the real ending to the film was.
the 1st time i saw it was on tv during the afternoon - pre-cable days - and i was watching and thinking 'oh, this is so great.' and then the dolphins get grabbed by the bad guys, george is going to the tank and they're gone.
i had to stop watching right there.
and ever so often, i've come across the film on tv and had to watch a little more each time. but it wasn't until 2008 that i finally was able to watch until the end.
if there is reincarnation, i'd like to come back as a dolphin. they really are my favorite mamal. (yeah, i know humans are mamals.)
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'