Never Let Dolphins Watch Flipper

i-7c5983bb65b53b24654130d5c6d1ee20-dollphinnn.jpgNow EVERY dolphin is going to be tail-walking on the water. Remember the moonwalk phenomenon in the 80s?? Yeah, you thought that was bad? Well, just think how bad it will be when all the dolphin's start tail-walking? Great job sea world...

BBC Reports "Wild Dolphins Tail-Walk on Water":

"A wild dolphin is apparently teaching other members of her group to walk on their tails, a behaviour usually seen only after training in captivity.

The tail-walking group lives along the south Australian coast near Adelaide.

One of them spent a short time after illness in a dolphinarium 20 years ago and may have picked up the trick there.

Scientists studying the group say tail-walk tuition has not been seen before, and suggest the habit may emerge as a form of "culture" among this group. "

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Well, this behavior really shouldn't persist within the wild populations, unless a) there's some kind of selection advantage to doing so, such as avoiding predators, or b) it's true that 'fins just wanna have fun. Either option bends the mind a bit, but it's nice to have distractions from Fay.

By FishGuyDave (not verified) on 19 Aug 2008 #permalink

If the boy dolphins think she's cool and want to mate with her, there's your selection advantage right there. Human teenagers didn't moonwalk to avoid predators.

"Human teenagers didn't moonwalk to avoid predators."

Speak for yourself!