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Old 8th May 2019, 09:49 PM   #122
dann
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Yes, I know that. I posted the original article, remember? I was responding to the idea that the whale's behaviour suggested that it wasn't military. If you were going to use the whale to carry a bomb to blow up a ship, you'd train it to seek out ships and people, not to avoid them. Do I think that's what this whale was actually trained for? No, I don't. But its apparent friendliness in no way disproves the idea that it had been trained by the military.

Yes, it does, at least if you take your idea seriously. If you'd want it to blow up a ship, you'd want it to seek out ships, not people. For that purpose, you'd want it to remain hidden, not to start playing with people and give them time to notice the bomb and kill the whale before it exploded.
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