ARE THE SEA CREATURES TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING?
But lest you think this tale of marine-borne woe is confined to the ichthyological world, think again. The scourge has spread to the mammals.
For instance, we have this story about violent Sea Lions, which Yahoo! News has been beating into the ground lately. (Hell, I tried to raise the clarion call last spring, warning everyone that those cuddly sea lions were nothing but a crew of drunken, horny, rowdy frat-boys! But does anyone listen to me? Noooooo.)
I respect the sea.
And today, in an act that will undoubtedly get everyone on board with the realization that the marine world has gone to war with the terrestrial, we learn from AP that Shamu himself has gone to the dark side, attempting to inflict harm on the hand that feeds him. Yes, America's favorite captive Orca attacked his trainer, a man who "has been working with animals for 16 years, including 12 spent at Shamu Stadium." I'm too stunned to explain, so I'll let the news piece speak for itself:
The mishap occurred around 5 p.m. when the trainer and Shamu were to go underwater as planned. They were to emerge with the trainer jumping off the whale's nose. "While underwater, the whale opened its mouth and grabbed his foot and kept him underwater for a period of time" . . . When both came up for air, the trainer attempted to calm Shamu by gently rubbing it, but the whale took him down a second time . . . According to the SeaWorld's Web site, a show at 4:30 p.m. "blends new killer whale behaviors with elaborate set pieces, music, choreography and state-of-the-art multimedia."Hmmmm. Actually, now that I read this, I have to admit I understand the sea creatures' grievences a bit. Maybe I'm just uptight about these things, but I can see attacking someone who "jumps off my nose," "gently rubs me" in an effort to calm me down, and forces me to perform in a cheesy, underwater version of a Broadway musical. Especially if my natural existence involves none of these activities, but instead finds me hunting down other sea creatures in large packs.
They're called killer whales for a reason.