Plenty of Fish in the Sea...
May 18, 2008 11:13pm CST
Ok, this may sound weird, but I think of some pretty far out things sometimes. I was having some coffee this morning whilst watching a show on the Discovery Channel about underwater life. A school of smaller fish were being chased by a larger fish, and eventually the larger fish got one of the smaller ones and ate it. I wonder if that type of event scars a fish for life, like it would scar a small child for life to see one of their parents getting murdered, or something? I mean, I know animals have feelings, and go through different emotions, etc. But to what extent? Does trauma like that affect them the same way it affects humans? What do you think?
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19 May 08
I don't think a fish could feel emotion so it would not suffer from the trauma of seeing one of its kind being eaten. I think they know by instinct that they have to avoid preditors and they stay together in large numbers because it is safer than swimming alone. I think this 'knowledge' is programmed into their little brains, they do not have to think about it. I think larger animals like whales and dolphins may suffer more. We know they use a kind of language to communicate with each other, so they could feel sad at the loss of one of their own kind.