Flipper1966A very simple explanation. I identify with dolphins. Their intelligence, their sense of fun, their sociability, their ferocious style as predators -- they are the humans of the deep. They will play with you, but you don't want to get on their wrong side!
Plus, Dolphins are impervious to shark attacks. Another reason to love dolphins!
The remarkably clever dolphin has amused us with its tricks and intrigued us with its intelligence, and now it turns out that it routinely defies death. It can ignore a wound that would kill a human within hours. Dolphins, according to a new study, are frequently attacked by sharks that leave gaping holes bigger than a basketball.
"Why don't they bleed to death?" asks Michael Zasloff, professor of surgery and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center. "Why don't they get infections? Why aren't they eaten after the injury? Why doesn't the shark finish the job?"
Zasloff thinks he may have at least partial answers to those questions, although much more research needs to be done.
"I have concluded that what we see when we look at the dolphin is a medical miracle," he said in a telephone interview. And if scientists can figure out exactly how the dolphin cheats death, maybe humans can eventually learn how to do it too, through better treatment of all sorts of injuries, not just shark bites.
Score: Dolphins - 1 / Sharks - 0
flipper1966 56-60, M 6 Responses 4 May 9, 2012