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Tribe of the Likatier - Friends of the Whales

Why the whales?
The Likatians have long felt the need to choose a group of animals with whom to build a special friendship and relationship. A few years ago, the Likatier tribe chose whales and dolphins. Since then one finds the imprint "friends of the whales" on the likatischen writing paper and with several activities and activities the tribe members try to become fair this requirement.

Whales and dolphins occupy a special position among many species that are endangered in their existence by ruthless slaughter and destruction of their habitats by humans.

First, there is a millennia-old friendship story between the cetaceans, as the whales and dolphins are called in biological terminology, and Homo sapiens, who the Greek lyricist Arion, among others, sings as he thanks the dolphins in a song, who safely brought him to the saving shore when pirates chased him overboard on the open sea. Even the gods were particularly attached to this species, the Greek god Apollon was nicknamed "Delphinios" and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, was brought a dolphin after her foaming sea birth near Cyprus and from that time on these beings were sacred to her. In some ancient Greek city states, the killing of a dolphin was criminally equivalent to the murder of a human being.

Even today it is a certain fact that there are countless documented cases of rescued shipwrecked or crashed pilots by the "Delphinus delphis". The fact that Homo sapiens mercilessly hunts and cruelly kills these human friends because of fast profit and exclusive palate thrill shows particularly drastically how far man has moved away from a respectful and loving contact with creation.

Furthermore, the world of whales and dolphins is full of myths and unsolved riddles. The development of whales began 60 million years ago and that of man about two million years ago. While man has always had to fight for survival in terms of food, protection from the weather and hostile animals or other humans in this relatively short period of time, the cetaceans could develop in the infinite expanses of the oceans full of food and largely spared from natural enemies. It is obvious that whales have attained a level of sociality and communicative ability that far outstrips that of humans. According to the latest scientific findings, whales have a differentiated communication that corresponds approximately to the possibilities of several hundred human languages. Evolutionary history teaches that only organs that are also needed develop and grow. No research team has yet succeeded in finding out what the whales use their gigantic brains for and what probably precedes the twists of the largest brain on our planet, namely the sperm whale (up to 9 kg). If one ascribes to the heart the quality of the ability to love, one can feel how analogously lovable then a blue whale must be, which has the largest heart, which ever beat on this earth.

But it was not only these scientific facts and interpretations that the liqueurs took for the whales and dolphins. In many personal encounters and observations of researchers or other people, the impression has emerged worldwide that these "animals" have a capacity for empathy, a sensitivity and a capacity for love that goes far beyond man. Therefore, in the eyes of the Likatians, it is doubtful whether the claim of man to be the most highly developed living being on this earth is really true. The question also arises as to whether human reason, including the whole of technical-scientific civilization, really is the yardstick that can justifiably be used for this assessment. Or is the real yardstick perhaps the ability of a living being to love and communicate?

The cetaceans, which always live in packs or in so-called schools, are highly social and some researchers claim that their communication network spans the whole globe. These communities are led by experienced mothers and not reported as the whalers (of course exclusively men) of "leading bulls".

The Likatier tribe is a member of the whale conservation organization "Sea Shepherd" of American university professor Paul Watson (co-founder of Greenpeace), who is actively fighting against illegal whaling and the deployment of trawl nets that are deadly to many sea dwellers and is campaigning for the worldwide closure of dolphinariums that kill animals.


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