Thursday, June 07, 2007

Yang-Yang

Three-year-old Yang Yang kisses a beluga whale during a publicity photo shoot at the Qingdao Polar Ocean World, located in China's eastern Shandong Province, on June 2, 2007.

11 comments:

UF Mike said...

That poor whale.

GrizzBabe said...

Lol! You're probably right, Mike. We think it's cute but the whale is probably thinking, "I hate humans. And I really hate this tank and the things they make me do for my supper."

Citizen H said...

What about the poor kid, chucked into near-freezing water for the photo-op? I mean, it's arctic marine life, safe bet they keep the water a wee bit on the chilly side. But given the Chinese attitude on population control, maybe it's not much of a stretch.

kissyface said...

WHAT is wrong with you people? Does that Beluga look distressed? NO! He looks like Marcia Cross.

Furthermore, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that whales and other maritime mammals are often friendly to humans. Maybe not the Orca, but dolphins have been known to save human lives (my step-father included). Didn't you watch Flipper?!

Anyway, they'd be smarter to let us rot, given what we do to them, but I'd trade places that kid faster than he could start to piss in the pool.

UF Mike said...

Sorry, Kissyface. I can't help myself. I would point out, however, what seems obvious from close study of the photo--the whale is gnawing Yang Yang's nose off.

P.S. Your father was saved by a dolphin?

kissyface said...

And so Yang-Yang reciprocates. I would would eat both their noses, they're so cute.

My step-father, not my father-father. He grew up in Honolulu, was out swimming one day, and was encircled by a shark. A dolphin chased the predator away. The funny thing is, Joe never saw it, but everybody on the beach did.

He was an interesting fellow. I wrote about him at length a year ago in March.

Anonymous said...

those whales were on the Lword

steve said...

the Waterbaby and I both feel there is a bond of some sort between the dolphins and us, and the Orcas ttoo!
We submitted a few names for the Belugas at Shedds in Chicago last year...one of them being "Snezhinsk" which is Russian for Snowflake. we didn't win, but damn., we had some good ones!

You know where old Chefs and Sturgeons wind up?
Answer tomorrow!

steve said...

oK f you really want to know...
they wind up on "Lumpfish Row"!

kissyface said...

Steve - forgive me, I don't get it.

steve said...

O SHEESH.... SKID ROW...
LUMPFISH ROE...
I BETTER STICK TO COOKING AND DISPENSE WITH WRITING JOKES!

I CAN'T WAIT TO SE "RATATOULLIE"...SURE TO BE FULL OF CUINARY HUMOR AND GREAT SHOTS OF KITCHENS...