This is the big question for many of us.
But not for me, simply because the answer is “Yes”.
However, making such a claim has many ramifications, philosophical and theological. It also rubs Man the wrong way.
“What? You mean to say there might be another noble species that thinks?”
Let me put it this way: Read my book, True Tails.
Let me put it another way: For the last fifty years, scientists and researchers have sought to understand these creatures. Probably two fold. One as a food resource there is the question of how to keep them as a sustainable food source or for their oil. Two, while studying them in their environment, it has become evident that cetaceans are smart and show intelligence as well as social hierarchies and emotional displays.
The second one I will deal with in this blog. The first one I will deal with in my next blog.
There have been reports about the marine family of mammals (cetaceans) that cross the the commonly held line that these creatures are just a food source, demanding that we have to understand and come to the difficult conclusion that we are dealing with sentient beings. Those who profit from keeping that knowledge hidden or glossing over it, do so for monetary reasons only. Having to admit that these creatures/beings are aware and should be granted the same freedoms we have denies the moneychangers their profits. It also then enters the realm of the personal freedoms we have fought for as a race as well as deep-rooted ethical questions.
But the best proof is a recent video, submitted by the Whale Conservancy. Here is video documentation that we are dealing with far more than many of us are willing to accept – that there are other beings existing on our planet that who are due the same freedoms we enjoy!
This video shows a trapped humpback whale in a nylon net in the Sea of Cortez, released by the founder of the Conservancy. Pay attention to a few points:
1. The whale allowed itself to be cut free, instead of thrashing about or harming the people trying to help it. That “trait” is a trait of sentience. Try that with another living wild creature!
2. The display of the whale once released. It did not swim away, but chose to leap out of the water, expressing its joy – and for about a half an hour! Not just a few minutes. What other creature on this planet of that size would allow a person to cut off a net? What other wild animal or wild mammal do you know that would let a person get that close?
You cannot deny what you see. Another example of sentience. You then watch the hundreds of comments acknowledging the whale’s understanding of its own freedom!
With the technology of the internet and accessibility of high definition video, it can not be denied that whales are sentient. The proof is in the video you are about to watch.
So, watch the video and then read my next blog.