Being an employee of MySQL (past and present), every time I see something related to dolphins it catches my eye – and I just came across this:
The treatment of dolphins has long been an issue for me, I utterly despise some of the things I have seen, and read about. MySQL’s dolphin – Sakila – has always been seen as a symbol of freedom. This is marred by reality, hopefully this will change:
“The researchers argue that their work shows it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way each year.”
Some other things in the article also ring true for me, in other ways.
“The studies show how dolphins have distinct personalities, a strong sense of self and can think about the future.”
“It has also become clear that they are â??culturalâ? animals, meaning that new types of behaviour can quickly be picked up by one dolphin from another.”
“Other research has shown dolphins can solve difficult problems, while those living in the wild co-operate in ways that imply complex social structures and a high level of emotional sophistication.”