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What a honor, Mr. Moby

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Moby, amazing Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus, delfin skakavy) from ZOO / dolphinarium Nuremberg, Germany :D


I am very proud of this photo, because it is pretty difficult to take a photo of dolphins in Nürnberg :giggle: I played with the dolphins and it was simply awesome :heart: and I was especially happy and honored, when Moby, 50 years old dolphin, came to interract :D

Thank you for your comments and faves :hug:


Name: Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Location: warm and temperate tropical oceans worldwide
Size: 2 - 4 metres long weight: 150 – 650 kg
Diet: fish, cephalopod, crustacean
Conservation status: Least Concern
Interesting facts: dolphin is a mammal, not a fish! Baby dolphins always drink mother milk | dolphins have bigger brains, than humans | dolphins usually live in groups | dolphin is one of few animals, who kill not only for food! Dolphins are well-known for killing porpoises, their smaller "cousins". Male dolphins are also known to rape the females. Male dolphins even kill baby dolphins to make their mothers want to mate again. Dolphins are not that cute and nice animals, as many people think. They have no problem to kill a shark and they sometime annoy or sexually harass swimmers in the sea | dolphins use very effective echolocation to search for prey | dolphins are time to time found washed ashore, too often dying – nobody knows, why this happens.
Relationship with humans: people keep dolphins in aquariums and dolphinarius, where the animals perform special tricks – dolphins very easily learn those tricks | there are scientific researches about dolphins, which usually prove their high inteligence | dolphins appear in many human legends | some dolphins help people to hunt fish throught whole generations of both, people and dolphins | US army uses dolphins, teaching them to find mines and so on... | in some parts of the world, wild dolphins come from their own will to interact with people


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This photo belongs to me and I can very easily prove, that it was me, who took this shot. So please, respect my copyright :nod: if you want to use my work, ask me first to gain my permission, please! Thank you :lol:
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Jun 12, 2010, 5:26:19 PM
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Thank you :aww:
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wolfofdesireHobbyist General Artist
no problem
Mailunny's avatar
MailunnyHobbyist Digital Artist
i love dolphins! they're so cute and beautiful!
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Aww. :D
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NyotahStudent Traditional Artist
I played with moby as well...3 years ago. ^^
He's a cute guy. His trainer told me that he likes it when water is moving. :)

But I'm still sorry for them that they have to live in a dolphinarium.
woxys's avatar
well, at least they will soon have new, 5x bigger pool!
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NyotahStudent Traditional Artist
Yes, I know. But still not better than the ocean.
Mmm ... I'm not a fan of the "Lagune 2000". Maybe it's nice to look at and the animals have more space, but it would be better if they didn't have any dolphins at all I guess. :/
woxys's avatar
so you want to kill those dolphins? :( because there is NO other option. You can build better facility for them, or you can kill them. I vote for the lagoon :no:

In fact, I think that ZOOs and dolphinariums have done much more good to the dolphins, that anti-captivity activists :no: dolphinariums made dolphins popular, so people want to protect them. Few dolphins in captivity are good price for the world wide love for dolphins! :D
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No, I never said killing. ;)
Maybe they should build the lagoon, but then let the dolphins "go extinct" in the zoo, so that there won't be born more baby dolphins which will have to suffer in there. (Yes, they suffer! Of 21 born dolphins in Nürnberg zoo only 4 managed to reach the age of 6 years. There is no dolphin all over the world, which is a third generation dolphin - after 40 years of dolphin breeding! Every second dolphin in captivity was born in the wild.)

And personally, I like dolphins because I saw documentations about them on TV and saw a few of them in the wild. Don't you think it's better for everybody to watch them in the wild? When they are free to decide to swim away, if they don't want to get in contact with humans?

Mmm...I don't change my mind. :)
Captivity of whales isn't species-appropriate. :nod:
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then the dolphins would suffer, because they need sex :shrug: and as long as I know, it is pretty difficult to use medicene on dolphins :)

The number of dead baby dolphins is VERY high even in the nature. Dolphin is the top predator, which means, that if all the babies survived, dolphins would die starving after eating all the fish :) which means, that only the strongest baby dolphins survive, others die.

If there is not 3. gen. now, there will be third generation soon :) and moreover, at the beginning, conditions for dolphins were bad, people needed to learn how to care for them properly. But currently, when they build + 5 000 000 l. salt water habitats, there is surely no reason to speak about making dolphins suffer or so ;)

No, it is not better to see them free in the television. TV will never be able to build as strong contact, as personal meeting.

And honestly, I have heard so many lies from anti-dolph. activists, that I advice you to not trust them at all.

Well, as I said - when studied more things, I started to support dolphinariums. And I will promote good ones :) I think that dolphinariums do good things for dolphins. They are rising attention - without dolphinariums, dolphins would not be so popular and people would not try to protect them. I think that dolphin lovers should be grateful for GOOD dolphinariums :)
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dolphins rape people you know
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This is an amazing shot! I love how he wanted to interact with you. It sounds like it was a fantastic time.
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BlackhawkredHobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing shot! I love how he wanted to interact with you. It sounds like it was a fantastic time.
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GabrielleDelgadoHobbyist Traditional Artist
What a cutie! :D Too bad he is in captivity..
woxys's avatar
thy will open 5x bigger outdoor pool next year. OMG, I can not help! :dance:
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Amazing shot! Those eyes show so much intelligence and personality.
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oh, he is amazing!
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awh cute :love:
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I rarely notice the texture of dolphin skin.

BTW, it's "an honor." The H is silent.
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What a cool photo of this old guy! His eye looks as if he was blind but could it also be the reflection of the glass? I think it is amazing that he is still alive in his age. He looks like a 110 year old human :XD:
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* because if you SAW him acting,
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