Part 4: Whales: Are they Sentient?

July 15th, 2011 by J.H. Soeder

This is a screen capture of the video about the recent whale story I am referencing

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.


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    Hi all,I found this discussion very egginang and enjoyed Linda’s article on a dreaming town. I have not had any whale dreams lately but I often dream with whales. I wanted to share this Big Dream that I had a few years ago, Transfiguration Pipe CeremonyI am holding hands with a Native American Elder and he stands to my left, Ican see the color of his skin is the color of the red earth, and thebeautiful wrinkles on his skin from the many years he as lived. I never seehis face only focus on details of holding his hand. His energy is sweet andloving and the wisdom he has to share is nourishing. I feel so blessed justto be able to hold hands with this elder. We are standing holding hands aspart of a larger circle and there is a pipe ceremony going on. The circle is so big I cannot see the faces of the people standing across on the other side of the circle. I am offered the pipe by the elder as it goes around the circle. I stop to notice in detail, the beautiful carving of the pipe before making my prayers and holding it to my heart and then pass it along the circle, but then I realize there is no one standing beside me to pass on the pipe to. It is as if this huge circle of humanity ends.Now, I am under the ocean and I see a whale with his face pointed toward theocean surface with his tale is pointed downward toward the earth. He is hovering looking up into the stars through the surface of the water. I am underwater with him and my body is positioned the same way, hovering under water just a few feet away from each other, we make eye contact with each other and then look up into the heavens. The whale is showing me a constellation in the stars.Now I am up in the stars and I see a configuration of stars below me thatmakes a cross. It is the Northern Cross. The energy seen over the cross is that of Jesus, yet the cross is so much more, it is a universal symbol that connects with every tribe. There is a tremendous amount of energy coming from the cross configuration that looks like golden shooting stars headed toward earth. It is the energy of transfiguration. EOD.The connections I felt in this dream were deep and cosmic. The Native American Elder gave me a sense of deep gratitude to be standing right where I was in the circle to touch this Native Elders hand and share in his energy, his deep wisdom, and his incredible love. When discovering there was no one standing next to me to pass on the pipe to I felt surprised and perplexed.The whale encounter was amazing, it had some of the same qualities of the Native Elder in that the transmission was not spoken but known telepathically.Being in the presence of the whale in that position under the water was showing its connections with humans, that we were the same, and in looking into the eyes of the whale and being so close, I felt the whale and I were deeply connected, and felt a sense of deep understanding. The whale looking up into the stars from under the water was amazing to realize that whales star gaze and also have star knowledge. I found the constellation the whale was showing me up in the stars, where I was given cosmic information about the energy that is flowing toward the earth connected with the Christ energy but a deeper meaning beyond religion is the relationship humans have with the cross symbol and the changes it is bringing, the energy of transfiguration. The word transfiguration has been linked to the enlightenment of Jesus and also the resurrection of Christ. Another perspective on transfiguration is that of shapeshifting from the indigenous shamanic perspective of aquiring animal powers and becoming more than human but also part animal. The energy of change and shift are now upon us all over the world and we are becoming something new.

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