Tag Archives: orcas

I Would Rather Have Been Born an Orca

    No kidding.  I really would.  What sets me off can be just about any account of an atrocity, because my first thought is:  no orca ever does this.  The latest was reading about the “desaparecidos” in Argentina during … Continue reading

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Orcas Who Play with Their Food

You probably know the orca by its other name: the killer whale. This name is old. In 1835, R. Hamilton wrote that the killer whale “…has the character of being exceedingly voracious and warlike. It devours an immense number of … Continue reading

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Peaceable Kingdom

Some years ago I conducted a fairly ordinary experiment in group living: I introduced a baby rabbit, two baby rats, a kitten, a puppy, and a rooster and a chick to one another at a very early age, and surprise, … Continue reading

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Ants and War

I don’t think we can help it. We are a species given to making comparisons. We like analogies, and metaphors, and some of us (OK, me) anthropomorphize regularly. I have been a vigorous defender of this practice, especially in my … Continue reading

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Crocs and Us

Crocs and Us . Recently we were warned that there was a great white shark swimming not far from our house on the beach in Auckland.  Nobody entered the ocean for weeks.  If you told me the chances of being … Continue reading

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What distinguishes humans from animals?

For years the myth was of “Man the Hunter.” Gone now, thank god. But in its place do we really need to be “Man the hunted?” That humans have always been prey to larger, better equipped predators like the big … Continue reading

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