Dolphins are expert PR people. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Cooperate and win: Going back to ancient times, Dolphins used to assist fishermen by herding fish in the fisherman’s direction then being rewarded with fish. Genius; catch your fish but be sure to give me a cut.
2. Winning Friends and Influencing People: Dolphins are playful and seem to smile a lot, this is straight out of Dale Carnegie’s famous book. Humans (the top of the food chain) love dolphins and protect them beyond what is done for many other sea species. When was the last time you had “Unsafe Dolphin” tuna?
3. Our allies in combat: Like many countries, dolphins have chosen to side with the US in conflict. They work for us as spies and messengers; I wrote about it here. Whose side do you think we’ll be on in the next sea life war?
4. Isolate the black sheep: Did you know that the Killer Whale is actually a dolphin? Yup, genius branding move by the dolphin elite. It was especially useful when the trainer was killed at Sea World in 2010 by a “killer whale.”
So, while we watch and cry about Dolphin Tale, the heart touching movie about the tailless dolphin, the rest of the dolphin population swims through the ocean in super pods, protected by humans, and brutally slaughters other fish families by the thousands. Genius.
The Japanese on the other hand are not fooled by big dolphin smiles or playful wave play. They are not impressed by the dolphin public relations scheme. For reasons of which we are not entirely sure, they slaughter tens of thousands of dolphins each year in somewhat of a ritual beginning in early September. Read more about it here, pictures are graphic.
Read more about our mammal brothers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin