How Robot Dolphins Could End Animal Captivity (Video)

"The first step toward that future could be Delle, an 8.5-foot-long, 600-pound animatronic dolphin that's able to swim semi-autonomously using simple AI, or remotely under control of a human operator. Delle swims and behaves so naturally that some audiences — and the fish it shares tanks with — can't distinguish it from the real animal." Via Freethink. This is the way of the future, ya'll. We support any endeavor that's goal is to end animal captivity and improve overall life quality for earth's animals. We have to say that this video caused us to stop and think for awhile, and we surely appreciate that. "From an industry perspective, what's probably most alluring about robotic dolphins isn't what they can do, but what they don't need: food, sleep, training, and veterinary care. That's not to say robotic dolphins are cheap: Delle costs between $3 to $5 million, while a live dolphin can cost marine parks about $100,000. It's too early to determine exactly how much money marine parks could save with robotic dolphins, but making the switch would almost certainly save massive amounts of suffering among these smart, social sea creatures. " Via Freethink.

How Robot Dolphins Could End Animal Captivity (Video)

"The first step toward that future could be Delle, an 8.5-foot-long, 600-pound animatronic dolphin that's able to swim semi-autonomously using simple AI, or remotely under control of a human operator. Delle swims and behaves so naturally that some audiences — and the fish it shares tanks with — can't distinguish it from the real animal." Via Freethink. This is the way of the future, ya'll. We support any endeavor that's goal is to end animal captivity and improve overall life quality for earth's animals. We have to say that this video caused us to stop and think for awhile, and we surely appreciate that. 

"From an industry perspective, what's probably most alluring about robotic dolphins isn't what they can do, but what they don't need: food, sleep, training, and veterinary care. That's not to say robotic dolphins are cheap: Delle costs between $3 to $5 million, while a live dolphin can cost marine parks about $100,000. It's too early to determine exactly how much money marine parks could save with robotic dolphins, but making the switch would almost certainly save massive amounts of suffering among these smart, social sea creatures. " Via Freethink.

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"When a fisherman pulled in his line, he knew he had 'something weird': A 40-pound alligator gar. When fisherman Butch Smith pulled his last line up from the Neosho River in Kansas one day last month, he wasn't quite sure what he was looking at. As a 4½-foot, nearly 40-pound fish thrashed around in his boat, Smith called up a buddy and said, 'I've got something weird here.' Smith sent him a photo, and the friend called back with an answer: That's an alligator gar."  Story via The Washington Post.The alligator gar is a ray-finned euryhaline fish related to the bowfin in the infraclass Holostei. It is the biggest species in the gar family, and among the largest freshwater fish in North America. The fossil record traces its group's existence back to the Early Cretaceous over 100 million years ago. This rare catch has set off a scramble to understand the origins of the fish and how it wound up in this water system."Smith said in an interview: 'I've seen gar, but I ain't never seen a gar with a head shaped like this,' explaining that he first thought his catch may have been a flathead catfish. That's because the alligator gar had never before been documented in the state. Smith got in touch with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the fisheries division confirmed it was an alligator gar, a type of fish whose fossil records it says trace back nearly 100 million years. It gets its name from its wide head and broad snouts that resemble an American alligator."  

'Living Fossil' Alligator Gar Found For The First Time In A Kansas River

"When a fisherman pulled in his line, he knew he had 'something weird': A 40-pound alligator gar. When fisherman Butch Smith pulled his last line up from the Neosho River in Kansas one day last month, he wasn't quite sure what he was looking at. As a 4½-foot, nearly 40-pound fish thrashed around in his boat, Smith called up a buddy and said, 'I've got something weird here.' Smith sent him a photo, and the friend called back with an answer: That's an alligator gar."  Story via The Washington Post.

The alligator gar is a ray-finned euryhaline fish related to the bowfin in the infraclass Holostei. It is the biggest species in the gar family, and among the largest freshwater fish in North America. The fossil record traces its group's existence back to the Early Cretaceous over 100 million years ago. This rare catch has set off a scramble to understand the origins of the fish and how it wound up in this water system.

"Smith said in an interview: 'I've seen gar, but I ain't never seen a gar with a head shaped like this,' explaining that he first thought his catch may have been a flathead catfish. That's because the alligator gar had never before been documented in the state. Smith got in touch with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the fisheries division confirmed it was an alligator gar, a type of fish whose fossil records it says trace back nearly 100 million years. It gets its name from its wide head and broad snouts that resemble an American alligator."  

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