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Re: Science!

Postby Büge » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:44 pm

Mongrel wrote:https://www.theguardian.com/science/2003/jul/03/research.science
All the dolphins at the institute are trained to hold onto any litter that falls into their pools until they see a trainer, when they can trade the litter for fish. In this way, the dolphins help to keep their pools clean.

Kelly has taken this task one step further. When people drop paper into the water she hides it under a rock at the bottom of the pool. The next time a trainer passes, she goes down to the rock and tears off a piece of paper to give to the trainer. After a fish reward, she goes back down, tears off another piece of paper, gets another fish, and so on.

Her cunning has not stopped there. One day, when a gull flew into her pool, she grabbed it, waited for the trainers and then gave it to them. It was a large bird and so the trainers gave her lots of fish. This seemed to give Kelly a new idea. The next time she was fed, instead of eating the last fish, she took it to the bottom of the pool and hid it under the rock where she had been hiding the paper. When no trainers were present, she brought the fish to the surface and used it to lure the gulls, which she would catch to get even more fish. After mastering this lucrative strategy, she taught her calf, who taught other calves, and so gull-baiting has become a hot game among the dolphins.


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An article from 2003. I can't help but wonder if Kelly the dolphin is even still alive.

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Re: Science!

Postby Friday » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:10 pm

God forbid we ever reward dolphins with fish for murdering a person

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Re: Science!

Postby Friday » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:26 pm

"After we rewarded Sally with a large amount of fish for murdering her trainer, she began to hide subsequent trainers under a rock in her pool. But her cunning did not stop there. Late at night, she would sneak into nearby houses and steal babies to hide under the rock, and imitate their calls. When humans inevitably dove into the water, Sally would hide them under her rock. After teaching this behavior to her calves, Sally hid her calves under a rock. When we began to reward Sally with rocks for fish, Sally began to hide rocks under fish, but her cunning did not end there. Late at night, Sally would sneak into a rock and hide under a fish. When we began to reward Sally with trainers for rocks, Sally worked out that 1 trainer = 1.56 fish, and 4.32 fish = 65.29 rocks. After teaching her calves algebra, some of her calves began to cut class and go out smoking pot, so Sally began hiding the pot under a rock. But her calves cunning did not end there. They began hiding Sally under a fish, which was hidden under a rock. When her calves figured out that 1 pot = you're going to do heroin, they began doing heroin (1.567 fish)"
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Re: Science!

Postby Hardly Ideal » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:35 pm

I think Kelly died in 2009, but Google says bottlenose dolphins can live for 40 years in the wild.

Also, these things are too smart. Never trust a creature that smiles all the time.
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Re: Science!

Postby Niku » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:31 am

When the lady and I did a behind-the-scenes day at the aquarium down in Galveston for my birthday last year, we met a sea lion who had been trained the same way to bring fake plants to the trainers whenever they fell into the water so that none of the other sea lions would mistake them for actual food and potentially choke. I can only imagine what six months of cunning has done for him.

(Nothing. Nothing at all, because sea lions are just big dumb sweet water dogs and not MONSTERS like dolphins.)
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Re: Science!

Postby Mongrel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:57 pm

Cracked: In 1992, a well-intentioned biotech firm almost killed all plant life on earth*

*Only "potentially", according to relevant GMO interests.
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