Or, to quote my fav news reporter, Don Surber, "Flipper Joins the Sopranos."
In his pithy observation of the Telegraph's article about the dolphin's murderous malevolence studied by the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Surber cynically and correctly points to alarming default for every unexpected act of nature:
I am amused that when something inexplicably bad happens, the first people blamed are the oil industry and the American military.
Still, the Telegraph's article has disturbing video evidence of the law of Fang and Claw. Nature isn't naturally nice. How many more dead Grizzly-bear-huggers have to prove that?
I have witnessed one of these so-called dolphin "murders" here at the inlet. I only realize now what I was witnessing, for I thought the porpoises were playing with their food, but it was too big for a dolphin's dinner. It seemed to be about two and half feet long, flying through the air, end over end. Over and over. How grisly to look back on that delightful moment and consider it anew!
I'm not sure how I feel about labeling it, "murder," however. Other animals have exhibited this behavior and it is always shocking to those who insist on anthropomorphizing observed behavior that seems to mirror human behavior. I can barely watch nature shows that have emotional commentary ...like the meerkat shows. All sorts of pathos and delight apparently runs through the mind of the little rodent, as harried as a soccer mom.
Heck, just look at the man you live with, ladies. Would you narrate his daily routine with as much mental chatter as these nature shows? Hell no! "Food. Food! ....SEX! ...Beer! ...Food! Sex!... Beer!... poo... fart... Beer!" That's about it. Try taking away his toys, and you get, murder.
I don't know exactly what the dolphins are doing--if it's murder--but until they can brew beer, they probably should be held accountable for their actions.