Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
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They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning.......

Remember Flipper? I do. But I'm old. You young'uns might not remember him.

He was a dolphin who acted like Lassie.

No, really. I'm serious. Flipper was like, a magic dolphin. If someone was in trouble off the coast of Florida, Flipper knew about it.


And the best part of Flipper? Pelican Pete. Pete was a pelican, (duh), that Flipper kept as a pet. Yes. Flipper was a dolphin who had a pelican as a pet. It was an awesome show.

Well...awesome for kids when they're naive and don't know any better. And I was naive when I first saw Flipper. Hell, it was on right after My Favorite Martian. And I thought Ray Walston actually had antennae in his head. I held that belief until I saw Fast Times At Ridgemount High.


I know, I was an idiot when I was younger. But weren't we all?

Today I want to talk about dolphins.

Not the Mahi-Mahi type dolphin. But actual dolphins. Bottle nose dolphins. You know, Porpoises.


What kind of oddity can I come up with for dolphins? Well, you just wait and see. In fact, wait until the next paragraph, because that's when the fun starts.

We all know that dolphins live in the ocean. We also know that the ocean is made up of salt water. Those of you who have been paying attention to my posts know that salt water isn't just water with salt added.


When experts talk about the 'salts' in water, it isn't just sodium chloride. It's all sorts of minerals. Anything that is suspended in a particulate form in water is called 'salts'.

These salts will kill you. That's why you can't drink salt water. It will kill you by pulling all the water out of your body to dilute the salts so they can be processed by your kidneys. And you don't have enough water in your body to do that. And you're made up of 65% water. So, think about that before you drink the ocean.


Side note: In survival school they tell you to not drink your own sweat. The reason? You sweat salt water. There is a reason your body is getting rid of it.....

So, what do dolphins drink? I mean, they are mammals, right? That means they are just like us. They need fresh water to survive, just like we do.


So, what do they drink?

The simple answer is: they don't.

Dolphins do not drink.

But, if they don't hydrate, they die, right?

That's absolutely correct. Dolphins, just like humans, need a certain amount of water each day to survive.


So, how do dolphins get their hydration?

Same way humans do: From food.

Humans get most of their daily water from the food they eat. And that's the same for dolphins. When they eat fish, not only do their bodies absorb nutrients, they also absorb water.


It makes more sense when you realize that flesh, be it human, beef, pork or fish consists of mostly water. And like humans, dolphins absorb that water.

Humans drink water to keep hydrated, but we don't eat as much as a dolphin does. We also don't absorb water from our food as well as a dolphin.


As a result, we have bottled water. Dolphins have bottled noses.

Get it? Bottle nosed dolphins? Bottled noses?'re no fun.....

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