The Whale

In the past, the great whales were regarded as ferocious sea monsters, and were worthy foes for valiant hunters. How attitudes have changed. The great whales are now treated with almost mystic reverence, and our love for dolphins is legendary. But have we twisted reality too far? Have a whale of a time when we twist the enormous tails of whales.

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Why are we so in love with whales? It’s easy for us to make a connection with the angelic dolphin with its fixed friendly grin, but what do we have in common with a blue whale, an animal that could empty a swimming pool in a single gulp?

In the past, the great whales were regarded as ferocious sea monsters, and were worthy foes for valiant hunters. But how attitudes have changed. Killer whales have become known as orca, for the simple reason that despite their reputation, no one has ever been killed by them. The great whales are now treated with an almost mystic reverence, and our love for dolphins is legendary.

But have we twisted reality a little too far? Do the great whales actually do anything with their mighty brains? And the similarities between human and dolphin extend far beyond a love of play and close family bonds. They share our bad traits as well, including gang warfare and even murder. Have a whale of a time when we twist the enormous tails of the whales.

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The Bee

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The Shark

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The Whale

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The Fish

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The Butterfly

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The Ram

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