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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: Kasatka]
      #62383 - 02/05/02 08:49 PM

I think Buster is primarly a DIP dolphin now. I think I've only seen Cindy perform once, but I don't make a habbit of touring by the shows unless I'm taking someone with me.

Last I rember, Bullet was a AC dolphin, it would be interesting if they were bringing her out a bit.

About the dorsal fin.. I think the current speculation is that its primary purpose is thermoregulation, rather than hydrodynamic stability. (more than enough stability is rendered from the flippers, flukes and dorsal ridge.)


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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: SVDolphin]
      #62384 - 02/05/02 08:53 PM

thank you that question has been bugging me for a week

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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: SVDolphin]
      #62387 - 02/05/02 09:43 PM

Yeah, the only time I've seen Cindy out was in early January, but I rarely go to the shows either. =P Actually, that's the only time I've seen Cindy, period.

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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: Anonymous]
      #62401 - 02/06/02 07:34 AM

It is a hypothetical to say that the dorsal provides balance. Dolphins or other whales who do not have dorsal fins are adapted for that kind of life. But after looking at animals who have lost their fin, yet still swim fine, it is safe to say taht the entire fin is not neccessary.

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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: Kasatka]
      #62433 - 02/06/02 11:34 AM

Yep, dorsals provide stability. Although how exactly they determined that, I have no idea. :) Also, they can help cool the animal by providing a large surface to lose heat through.

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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: xfkirsten]
      #62436 - 02/06/02 11:40 AM

here is what ask shamu said

Thank you for your email. The dorsal fin is used as a stabilizer and to help
thermo regulate. Whales without dorsal fins use their pectoral flippers to
stabilize. Larger whales also use their large body mass and volume of blubber
to balance themselves in the water.


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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: Kasatka]
      #62492 - 02/06/02 03:47 PM

So they're trying to build a Commerson's exhibit in the SWC parking lot? BTW, has anyone heard any updates on the building of the splash down ride or the Master Plan?

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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: SVDolphin]
      #62494 - 02/06/02 03:50 PM

Buster is a DIP dolphin, but is used for shows on an occasional basis every once and a while. Cindy is used for shows, Bella for shows and is still in training, and Bullet is used for both DIP and shows.

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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: Chanel]
      #62499 - 02/06/02 04:05 PM

The SD City Council and Coastal Commision are voting tomorrow. I sent an e-mail of support to all city council members. I wish I could attend the hearing and possibly speak, but it conflicts with my work schedule :(
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Re: comerson dolphins [Re: Chanel]
      #62500 - 02/06/02 04:07 PM

Some of it may involve the parking lot. I've got a pic of the schematics if anyone would like me to scan it and post it.
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