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Scientists want new name for
mammal-eating orcas

Associated Press, by Dan Joling

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Posted By:maggie2u, 11/25/2012 12:52:18 PM

If whale expert John K.B. Ford has his way, school children one day will study a kind of North Pacific killer whale that preys on warm-blooded creatures - mostly harbor seals and sea lions, but also gray whales and seabirds. They roam as far north as the Arctic Ocean and are now known as "transients" to distinguish them from fish-eating "resident" killer whales. Ford and colleagues from Alaska to California want transient killer whales to be declared their own species,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 11/25/2012 1:00:06 PM     (No. 9033178)

How about a new name for vegetable-eating humans?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bob913, 11/25/2012 1:15:28 PM     (No. 9033200)

If they look the same but dine on different animals and fish then how does that make them a different species?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer, 11/25/2012 1:21:31 PM     (No. 9033214)

Yes, if were how it works, vegetarians and normal humans would be different species, wouldn´t they? Per #1...how about veg-brains?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TheMom, 11/25/2012 1:38:00 PM     (No. 9033231)

How about ´Democrats´?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: shamus, 11/25/2012 1:40:42 PM     (No. 9033239)


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Reply 6 - Posted by: fljack, 11/25/2012 2:43:08 PM     (No. 9033303)

and ´scientists´ who spend taxpayer money pursuing the name change should be called ´looters´.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: veritas, 11/25/2012 3:07:11 PM     (No. 9033332)

IIRC, one scientific standard for, or test of, species-identity is that they cannot interbreed with the other animal [or plant] in question.

It seems someone in this story doesn´t understand the definition of "species."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: IdahoJoe, 11/25/2012 3:22:21 PM     (No. 9033347)

If they name them differently, they can call them ´rare´ and ´endangered´ and use the label to take control of some new aspect of our lives in the name of saving the planet.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Grambo, 11/25/2012 3:46:15 PM     (No. 9033384)

Clearly, no one on this thread has ever experienced the sheer joy of pure science. Was Einstein a looter? Darwin? Galileo?

I can tell you that staring at a tiny piece of pure science that no living human has ever before laid eyes on is something indescribable. Eureka!

But then, it’s not as exciting or important or contributory as fantasy football.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball, 11/25/2012 4:44:28 PM     (No. 9033438)

How about Lobster eating Orcas? Michellus Largebottomus?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 11/25/2012 5:53:33 PM     (No. 9033490)

Reading your comments about the lunacy of declaring a new species on the basis of "behavior", and seeing how readily Lucianne readers slap down such stupidity, and that is what it is,....these are lesser intellects positing such fatuity......it calms and heartens me to see that you guys are still sane after all these years.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JimS, 11/25/2012 6:32:39 PM     (No. 9033550)

How about we throw Left Coast Liberals into the bay every day at feeding time.
They can pretend they are swimming with dolphins and manatees

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Reply 13 - Posted by: veritas, 11/25/2012 6:35:31 PM     (No. 9033552)

#10: I congratulate and thank you for the scientific advance[s] implied in the post. But I submit: a. there are significant intellectual challenges and achievements other than "discovery in pure science." They also require rare combinations of intelligence, insight, tenacity, understanding, effort, etc. b. The alternative to a life of pristine scientific investigation is not necessarily fantasy football.

[It´s not science, rocket or otherwise, but I do have the very highest regard and respect for a composition that we call "The Moonlight Sonata." Or for a pattern of colored oils on some canvas some know as "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit." Or an assemblage of mechanical parts usually referred to as the "M1911-A1." Or....]

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