An Unusual Ball Game

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Just take a minute to appreciate the full ramifications of this.

Cover image: pixabay.com.

Submitted: November 08, 2019

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An Unusual Ball Game

This morning, I like many other watchers, was mesmerized by a film clip; one that should seriously change how humankind views all wildlife.

Sailing close to the Arctic Pole, a group of South African rugby fans came across a Beluga whale that was more than willing to take part in a bit of ball sport. One man would toss out a rugby ball as far out in the ocean as he could. The whale then turned, chased after it, and after a couple of knocks with its nose, picked it up in its mouth and swam back with it. This wasn’t a one-off; eventually it turned in to a three-player game. The man would throw the ball, the whale would chase it and return it to another man, who in turn tossed it to the man in front so the entire cycle could be repeated.

I know that you have dolphins and whales performing these feats in aquatic parks, but this whale was out in the ocean, living its life in its natural habitat, when it approached the boat and crew in a friendly, social way. All I can say is it was lucky in its choice of boats. Had it picked other vessels, it might well have found itself being hunted instead of played with.

This is just another example of why it is imperative that human beings get on with thinking about other species instead of always putting their selfish needs first.


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