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cetacean pleasure
2014-08-15 03:41:28

The Company of Biologists Dolphins and whales squeal with delight Sam Ridgway has spent most of his life learning about dolphins and whales. Over his five-decade career he has asked these cetaceans various questions, including how deep they can dive and how depth affects their hearing. As he trained each animal to answer his questions, he rewarded them with tasty fish treats, and each time that they received a reward he remembers that they squealed. Initially he thought that the squeals...

Beluga Whales Talk Like Humans
2012-10-22 20:25:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If Willy the whale from the 1993 hit Free Willy were a Beluga, the film may not have been the success it was. Not only are Killer Whales a bit more majestic than Belugas (can you imagine a goofy, white whale soaring high above Jesse and leaping its way towards freedom?) but they´re also more recognized as the quintessential whale. All this is to say, if Willy had been Beluga, he could have learned how to mimic human...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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