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2012-09-25 07:51:05 AM  
A dolphin known as "Beggar" for his tendency to approach boaters for food has been found dead, possibly as a result of his poor diet.

Goddamnit, America. Quit making other species fat.
 
2012-09-25 08:06:09 AM  
They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?
 
2012-09-25 08:13:33 AM  

Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?


Beggar, the famous mooching dolphin, found dead in Florida
 
2012-09-25 08:20:04 AM  

JerseyTim: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

Beggar, the famous mooching dolphin, found dead in Florida


Now if he'd been found dead in Nebraska, that would have been a story.
 
2012-09-25 08:53:57 AM  
On 121 occasions, boaters tried to pet the dolphin. Nine times, they were bitten for their efforts.

Too bad he didn't drag a few into the water and teach them about predators.

/I like the headline, by the way.
 
2012-09-25 08:58:10 AM  

MrBallou: On 121 occasions, boaters tried to pet the dolphin. Nine times, they were bitten for their efforts.

Too bad he didn't drag a few into the water and teach them about predators.

/I like the headline, by the way.


Or dolphin rape.
 
2012-09-25 09:43:48 AM  

kid_icarus: MrBallou: On 121 occasions, boaters tried to pet the dolphin. Nine times, they were bitten for their efforts.

Too bad he didn't drag a few into the water and teach them about predators.

/I like the headline, by the way.

Or dolphin rape.


Sounds legitimate...
 
2012-09-25 09:56:29 AM  

Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?


Have you ever tried dorado bathed in a beer batter?
 
2012-09-25 10:09:53 AM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

Have you ever tried dorado bathed in a beer batter?


{Pedantic mode}
That's the ever-so-delicious fish, aka Mahi. Dolphin tastes different and is all full of mercury. 
{/Pedantic mode}
 
2012-09-25 10:30:37 AM  

gilgigamesh: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

This kind:

[www.heraldtribune.com image 728x546]


*rubs temples*

So much wrong in that picture.
 
2012-09-25 10:32:14 AM  
Good night, gentle fish.
 
2012-09-25 10:32:57 AM  
Attention pink monkeys: DON'T FEED WILD ANIMALS.

/That is all.
 
2012-09-25 10:33:49 AM  
They call him Beggar, Beggar
Fatter than Rosanne
No-one you see
Is moochier than he
 
2012-09-25 10:34:07 AM  

MrBallou: AlwaysRightBoy: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

Have you ever tried dorado bathed in a beer batter?

{Pedantic mode}
That's the ever-so-delicious fish, aka Mahi. Dolphin tastes different and is all full of mercury. 
{/Pedantic mode}


A fish named, get ready, DOLPHIN.

/porpoises morans
 
2012-09-25 10:34:47 AM  

Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?


Why do you hate dolphins?
 
2012-09-25 10:36:07 AM  

gilgigamesh: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

This kind:

[www.heraldtribune.com image 728x546]


What an asshat. That is probably what killed it: Accidental poisoning by someone feeding it something it's body could not handle. Not all mammals are physiologically the same. What one species can ingest and process, others may not be able too. Is that so farking difficult a concept to wrap their heads around? If you have to break the law feeding it and it lives in the oceans and normally eats fish, then don't feed it beef or beer. Feed it fish!
 
2012-09-25 10:37:19 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-25 10:38:22 AM  
Diogenes: So much wrong in that picture.

the glass bottle is a nice touch
 
2012-09-25 10:38:23 AM  
Mostly harmless?
 
2012-09-25 10:38:50 AM  

Diogenes: gilgigamesh: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

This kind:

[www.heraldtribune.com image 728x546]

*rubs temples*

So much wrong in that picture.


Took me a while to find the guy with that camouflaged hat.
 
2012-09-25 10:39:56 AM  

SDRR: MrBallou: AlwaysRightBoy: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

Have you ever tried dorado bathed in a beer batter?

{Pedantic mode}
That's the ever-so-delicious fish, aka Mahi. Dolphin tastes different and is all full of mercury. 
{/Pedantic mode}

A fish named, get ready, DOLPHIN.

/porpoises morans


Yes, I know. All kinds of confusion there.

About the mammal, Wikipedia says "Dolphins are marine mammals closely related to whales and porpoises." And this gem: "Dolphin meat is consumed in a small number of countries world-wide, which include Japan and Peru (where it is referred to as chancho marino, or "sea pork")"

For the fish, they call it "dolphinfish": The mahi-mahi or common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Also known widely as dorado, it is one of only two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the pompano dolphinfish. 

Wonder if you can make sea bacon from chancho marino?
 
2012-09-25 10:44:21 AM  
At first I thought Douglas Addams died.
Then I remembered he was already dead, and I completely stopped giving a damn.

Bring forth the rye bread and mayonnaise.
 
2012-09-25 10:46:06 AM  

KiplingKat872: gilgigamesh: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

This kind:

[www.heraldtribune.com image 728x546]

What an asshat. That is probably what killed it: Accidental poisoning by someone feeding it something it's body could not handle. Not all mammals are physiologically the same. What one species can ingest and process, others may not be able too. Is that so farking difficult a concept to wrap their heads around? If you have to break the law feeding it and it lives in the oceans and normally eats fish, then don't feed it beef or beer. Feed it fishia


this person is probably so stupid, they don't even realize they were feeding beer to another mammal. This idiot probably thinks Dolphins are fish. So yeah, that would make the situation even worse. "Hey, I"m feedin' beer to a fish, y'all!"
 
2012-09-25 10:47:02 AM  
i7.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-25 10:47:54 AM  

MrBallou: SDRR: MrBallou: AlwaysRightBoy: Cythraul: They tried to feed him beer. What kind of farking moron thinks it's cool to try and feed a dolphin beer?

Have you ever tried dorado bathed in a beer batter?

{Pedantic mode}
That's the ever-so-delicious fish, aka Mahi. Dolphin tastes different and is all full of mercury. 
{/Pedantic mode}

A fish named, get ready, DOLPHIN.

/porpoises morans

Yes, I know. All kinds of confusion there.

About the mammal, Wikipedia says "Dolphins are marine mammals closely related to whales and porpoises." And this gem: "Dolphin meat is consumed in a small number of countries world-wide, which include Japan and Peru (where it is referred to as chancho marino, or "sea pork")"

For the fish, they call it "dolphinfish": The mahi-mahi or common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Also known widely as dorado, it is one of only two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the pompano dolphinfish. 

Wonder if you can make sea bacon from chancho marino?


Not sure, but sea bacon certainly has potential. You could be rich!

I love dolphin, the fish. I used to go out for a couple of weeks every summer when I was a kid on a grouper boat and we used to catch them by the basket full with an old Zebco and a spoon. It was like catching a min-marlin or swordfish, they would "walk" the surface trying to spit the spoon.

Good times.
 
2012-09-25 10:48:23 AM  

smitty04: [i7.photobucket.com image 509x608]


That is the most ridiculous comparison I've seen in a long time. Congrats.
 
2012-09-25 10:48:34 AM  

MrBallou: A fish named, get ready, DOLPHIN.

/porpoises morans

Yes, I know. All kinds of confusion there.


the people in florida call the fish dolphin. they don't specify dolphinfish are anything else. it was weird the first time i went fishing with florida people and they can't stop talking about how excited they were to catch some dolphin.

though, they have the decency not to call the mammal a dolphin, so it all works out.
 
2012-09-25 10:53:14 AM  

MrBallou: /porpoises morans


You hurt my feelings.

Porpoises and dophins are taxonomically in the same superfamily, Delphinoidea, but porpoises are in the family Phocoenidae while dolphins are Delphinidae. Wiki: The most obvious visible difference between the two groups is that porpoises have shorter beaks and flattened, spade-shaped teeth distinct from the conical teeth of dolphins.

Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins, like Beggar, are NOT porpoises.
 
2012-09-25 10:53:30 AM  
Sad story. I've seen Beggar when I was fishing out there. I was just telling a few coworkers about him. I'm not shocked that he has died, but I'm shocked that some dumbass had given him beer. I can see burgers and shiat but Jesus Christ some people just don't give a shiat.

There's a movie about an orca that suffered a similar fate although AFAIK wasn't being fed like the idiots did here (Canada is more civilized, who'd have known?). The orca thought he was human and tried to interact at all times.
 
Biv
2012-09-25 10:54:04 AM  
Despite the sad, subby gets a +1
 
2012-09-25 10:57:11 AM  
suffering from grief...
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-25 11:00:56 AM  
About a decade ago, two Keys dolphins, Bogey and Bacall, ended up emaciated begging at a Key West dock because some asshat released them from their cove ( please, no one start a captive-animal threadjack ) where they had plenty to eat naturally. Took them a long time to recover. I think they live in Key Largo now (in a captive facility, yes, because they can't survive in the wild).

Feeding dolphins, manatees, any wild animal is idiotic because they grow dependent.

And down here, "dolphinfish" are called dolphin, period. Caught nine about a month ago 30 miles off Islamorada. They're good fighters if they're decent size.
 
2012-09-25 11:03:16 AM  
Anyone know what kind of dolphin he was?

A quick search for "dolphin lifespan" says around 20 years for a bottlenose. Since TFA mentioned Beggar had been around for 20 years, I'm not sure how much damage a bunch of redneck boaters feeding him beer and pork rinds really did in the long-run.

Not condoning feeding wild animals, and agree that feeding beer and pork rinds to a dolphin is probably not a good thing, but I'm curious to what the autopsy will reveal.
 
2012-09-25 11:06:11 AM  
- all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."

This is why welfare is bad
 
2012-09-25 11:19:23 AM  

TheRameres: Anyone know what kind of dolphin he was?

A quick search for "dolphin lifespan" says around 20 years for a bottlenose. Since TFA mentioned Beggar had been around for 20 years, I'm not sure how much damage a bunch of redneck boaters feeding him beer and pork rinds really did in the long-run.

Not condoning feeding wild animals, and agree that feeding beer and pork rinds to a dolphin is probably not a good thing, but I'm curious to what the autopsy will reveal.


FTA:

he Sarasota County Marine Patrol brought Beggar's body in for a necropsy (animal autopsy) at Mote. Scientists found the dolphin had been struck by boats in the past; he had healed boat scars on his dorsal fin as well as several healed puncture wounds on his fins and body. He also had multiple broken ribs and vertebrae.

"We can't say which of these many injuries was the ultimate cause of death for Beggar," Gretchen Lovewell, the manager of Mote's Stranding Investigations Program, said in a statement. "But all of our findings indicate that he was in poor health for a long time and that his interactions with humans played a role. Boat strike wounds, fishing hooks and line in his stomach - even the squid beaks we found - all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."


... fish hooks in the stomach with broken ribs and vertebrae..
maybe he was approaching the boats and click-squeaking "Kill me. Kill meeee."
 
2012-09-25 11:19:44 AM  

TheRameres: Anyone know what kind of dolphin he was?


Freeloading.
 
2012-09-25 11:22:52 AM  

WTFDYW: - all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."

This is why welfare is bad


This blog is dominated by Progressives so any such comparisons will be labeled as most ridiculous comparison and you will be labeled a TROLL.
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2012-09-25 11:24:08 AM  
Fish hooks, fishing line, and squid tails?

Sounds like he was stealing bait.

20 is pretty old for a wild dolphin. I guess animals are naturally immortal when humans aren't around.
 
2012-09-25 11:24:32 AM  

smitty04: WTFDYW: - all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."

This is why welfare is bad

This blog is dominated by Progressives so any such comparisons will be labeled as most ridiculous comparison and you will be labeled a TROLL.
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Fark is a blog now?
 
2012-09-25 11:38:12 AM  
RIP: Miami Dolphin
 
2012-09-25 11:43:32 AM  
Oh no, not again
 
2012-09-25 11:43:47 AM  

smitty04: WTFDYW: - all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."

This is why welfare is bad

This blog is dominated by Progressives so any such comparisons will be labeled as most ridiculous comparison and you will be labeled a TROLL.
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No, it's just plain asshattery to make a snide political post in a thread about a dead dolphin.

Don't contribute to asshattery. Thank you, won't you?
 
2012-09-25 11:50:53 AM  
HA! 42 comments...
 
2012-09-25 11:51:14 AM  

smitty04: WTFDYW: - all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."

This is why welfare is bad

This blog is dominated by Progressives so any such comparisons will be labeled as most ridiculous comparison and you will be labeled a TROLL.


If the shoe fits.
 
2012-09-25 12:01:45 PM  

TheRameres: Anyone know what kind of dolphin he was?

A quick search for "dolphin lifespan" says around 20 years for a bottlenose. Since TFA mentioned Beggar had been around for 20 years, I'm not sure how much damage a bunch of redneck boaters feeding him beer and pork rinds really did in the long-run.

Not condoning feeding wild animals, and agree that feeding beer and pork rinds to a dolphin is probably not a good thing, but I'm curious to what the autopsy will reveal.


I thought the same thing when I read the article. If Beggar had been doing this for at least 20 years, how much longer were they expecting him to live?
 
2012-09-25 12:05:14 PM  

tmntman: TheRameres: Anyone know what kind of dolphin he was?

A quick search for "dolphin lifespan" says around 20 years for a bottlenose. Since TFA mentioned Beggar had been around for 20 years, I'm not sure how much damage a bunch of redneck boaters feeding him beer and pork rinds really did in the long-run.

Not condoning feeding wild animals, and agree that feeding beer and pork rinds to a dolphin is probably not a good thing, but I'm curious to what the autopsy will reveal.

I thought the same thing when I read the article. If Beggar had been doing this for at least 20 years, how much longer were they expecting him to live?


Being hand fed for 20 years beats drowning in a fishing net somewhere in the middle of the ocean.
 
2012-09-25 12:08:01 PM  

WTFDYW: - all of these things indicate that he was spending more time attempting to get food from humans than foraging on his own."

This is why welfare is bad


9/10
 
2012-09-25 12:11:38 PM  
zipmeme.com
and yet.....
 
2012-09-25 12:19:06 PM  
Great Headline.

I wish people wouldn't mess with wild animals. My neighbor feeds the deer in the area (which is illegal) and they are unafraid of people now, which during rut I'd prefer they be. I hope she gets ventilated by one of the bucks she's been attracting.
 
2012-09-25 12:51:23 PM  
Obviously nobody told this dolphin about Chipotlaway.

www.eatmedaily.com

/hotter than Billy Mays witey tighties.
 
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