I thought this story today about the Chinese using dolphins to block pirates was pretty bizarre:http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/14/content_11184581.htm
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.
The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China's fleet sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and merchants when the pirate ships headed for the China's.
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away. The pirates could only lament their littleness before the vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.
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That’s not the only dolphin story in the news:http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20090414_Another_dolphin_s_remains_found_in_N_J__river.html
Another dolphin's remains found in N.J. river
RUMSON, N.J. - Another dead bottlenose dolphin has been found at the Jersey Shore. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine confirmed Sunday that the mammal's carcass was found Saturday night in the Navesink River, near Victory Park. It was badly decomposed, meaning the dolphin probably died months ago.
The discovery comes less than a week after another dolphin's remains were spotted in the Shrewsbury River.
It is believed both were part of a pod of 16 that spent half of last year in the two rivers. If they were, it would mean five pod members died.
The area separating the Shrewsbury and Navesink estuaries is among the wealthiest communities in the United States and is known for its “old money.”
And a third dolphin story:http://dvice.com/archives/2009/04/cymascope-machi.php
Cymascope machine translates dolphin-speak into Egyptian-like hieroglyphics
UK-based acoustics engineer John Reid has been working on a machine for a decade that may be able to translate dolphin talk in much the same way that we decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. Called the Cymascope, the device analyzes the noises the mammals make and shapes them into a map of reproducible sound patterns, termed CymaGlyphs.
That last story reminds me of the movie, “Day of the Dolphin.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_of_the_Dolphin
A brilliant and driven scientist, Jake Terrell, and his wife, Maggie, train dolphins to communicate with humans. This is done by teaching the dolphins to literally speak English in dolphin-like voices. Two of his dolphins, Alpha ("Fa") and Beta ("Be") are stolen by officials of the shadowy Franklin Foundation headed by Harold DeMilo, the backer of the Terrells' research. An investigation by an undercover government agent, Curtis Mahoney, reveals that Institute is further training the dolphins to carry out a political assassination using a limpet mine against the yacht of the President of the United States.
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The movie “Johnny Mnemonic” (starring Keanu Reeves, “The One
” from “The Matrix”) has militarized cyborg dolphins in it.
In “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,” dolphins are the second most intelligent creatures on Earth (after mice, and followed by humans) and try to warn humans of the impending destruction of the planet but the humans misinterpret the communication as nothing more than animal tricks. A sequel, “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” tells the rest of their story.
Then we have the Miami Dolphins:
That football team was central to the story “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_Ventura:_Pet_Detective
The missed field goal in that movie is a reference Scott Norwood’s failed field goal attempt in Superbowl XXV
Goro’s readers will understand there is some significance to the number 25 having to do with George Michael and his “25
Live” album. Also significant is the fact that the game was between the Buffalo
Bills and the NY Giants
. The game was played in the midst of the first Gulf War. Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem during Super Bowl XXV was later released as a single and reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was also reissued after 9/11 and charted even higher on the Hot 100, reaching number six.
Another dolphin is the comic book character “Dolphin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin_(comics)
I won’t go into the character that much except to say that in issue 25
of Aquaman volume 5, Dolphin is subjected to mind control to get her to infiltrate the royal court and kill Aquaman in order to exact revenge on the royal house of Atlantis. The plot fails, however. The most recent issue of the comic has Atlantis completely destroyed, with only Dolphin and her royal blood son surviving. Sounds like a Magdalene kind of story there at the end.
So that kind of brings me to the Dauphin, or heir apparent, of France. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dauphin_of_France
The Dauphin of France (French: Dauphin de France)—strictly, The Dauphin of Viennois (Dauphin de Viennois)—was the title given to the heir apparent of the throne of France from 1350 to 1791, and from 1824 to 1830. The word is literally the French for Dolphin, as a reference to the animal they bore on their flag….
The title was roughly equivalent to the English title Prince of Wales, the Scottish title Duke of Rothesay, or the Spanish title Prince of Asturias. ... A Dauphin of France would unite the coat of arms of the Dauphiné, which featured Dolphins, with the French fleurs-de-lys, and might where appropriate further unite that with other arms (e.g. François, son and Dauphin of Francis I, was ruling Duke of Brittany, so united the coat of arms of that province with the typical arms of a Dauphin of France; Francis II, whilst Dauphin, was also King of Scots by marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots, and so added the arms of the Kingdom of Scotland to those of the Dauphin of France).
What does the Dauphin have to do with Mary Magdalene? According to the book “Mary Magdalene: the Illuminator,” by William Henry, the Greeks venerated the dolphin as the Savior. The combination of the dolphin with the fleur de lis of the Merovingians is especially interesting because of the fish motif adopted as a symbol of the Christian movement, as well as the fact that Magdalene means “tower” or perhaps even “tower of the fishermen.”
Start getting into the fish-god thing and it really gets interesting, connecting to Sirius and all sorts of other things I’m studying right now.
I guess the point of this post is that something is up with dolphins right now that blends in with everything else we’re noticing, but which still isn’t quite making sense to me. Anybody have some great insight?