They Call Him Flipper, Killer ... Or, a Dolphin Gang Attack with a Porpoise
Seemingly random acts of violence by bottlenose dolphins on porpoises have been reported in the Pacific Ocean off California. And recent marine mammal research confirms what could have been guessed: the attackers are young, sexually frustrated young males.
"Porpoises, come out and play-yay!"
|Illustration by Jay Brockman/OC Weekly|
|Photo by Mark P. Cotter/Okeanis|
|A view to a kill.|
In one particularly violent attack, three dolphins corralled their victim before seven others joined them to ram the porpoise to death. Cotter found most shocking the fact that two dolphins remained behind to play with the carcass before pushing it towards his boat. "It was almost like they said: 'We're done playing with it, here you go'."
Just like the Bloods did with Biggie Smalls.
The experts have ruled out competition for food as a factor in the porpicide, instead focusing on the fact that 21 of the 23 attackers were males. One theory is the bottlenoses engaged in "object oriented play" during the breeding season.
In other words, when he ain't getting none, a young male's mind moves from sexual lust to blood lust.
As it was mentioned at the top, no need to worry in our southerly waters--until we see "BDG" or "El Fin" tags on the walls of our octopus' garden.