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    why is it illegal to catch them?

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    It is not illigal to catch dolphins .They are great eating I had some last week

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    Robert - So....are you talking about Mahi Mahi, also known as Dolphin or Dorado....or are you just being sarcastic?

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    ok, well after browsing that link, it seems that it was made to protect the little critters that were near extinction. i didnt know porpoises were near extinction.

    i was out and about in valdez last weekend, and they were almost everywhere! even had a few swiming next to the boat. and lots chasing a bait ball not far away.

    i think there should be a drawing type setup for porpoises. i dunno, maybe allow 5 or 6 to be taken every two years?

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    Question so...i gotta ask

    why in the world does seeing porpoises make you want to kill one?
    i see them all the time and killing one has simply never occured to me....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMH View Post
    i think there should be a drawing type setup for porpoises. i dunno, maybe allow 5 or 6 to be taken every two years?
    What would you do with one? I've never thought of such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    why in the world does seeing porpoises make you want to kill one?
    i see them all the time and killing one has simply never occured to me....
    Never thought about it either.

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    Good lord.


    Whats next?

    "Hey Jimbo, them thar Bald Eagles have done made a comeback, lets kill us some. And hey, whats the regs on them Seeeee Odders? They any good panfried?"


    Porpoise (No Dolphins this far North, if ya can't identify it, probably best not to advocate killing it, eh?) are pretty fun to have around the boat. Never have tired of seeing em play along the bow or in the wake, never once even considered why I couldn't, or would WANT to kill one.......
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    1stly ....... go see a physchologist, *edited out* if you want to kill a animal like a dolphin 0.0. they are probably some of the coolest creatures around... 2ndly they probably taste bad? If you really wana catch something similar... go shark fishing, no ones cares about sharks
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    was out in the barrens one time when we were lucky enough to be surrounded by dall porpoise, zooming around under and beside us...one of the clients (we were charter halibut fishing) asked me "what are they good for?". i was perplexed, dumbfounded, could'nt believe my ears. in the midst of some of the most beautiful graceful animals on the water this guy saw nothing of that at all!!
    i asked him "well. what are YOU good for?"...he couldn't answer.
    (what he wasn't good for was a tip...but it was worth it <grin>)
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    They frequently surround our boat when we are motoring back to harbor after commecial fishing. Even though I've been watching them my whole life, I still can't help but be mesmerized by them. Without fail, every time I will move myself up to the bow of the boat and watch, sometimes for an hour or more. Amazing creatures.

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    Default Edible, yes but...

    I once ran across an Eskimo lady cutting up a Dall porpoise. She said that they tasted better than beluga. Homerdave is correct: only Alaska Natives may harvest marine mammals- large or small- in Alaska waters. I have eaten beluga, seal, walrus and various types of whale meat. I find them all very rich and strong. Nothing I would ever want to kill and eat. Besides, they are cool.

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    Back in '90 we where fishing off Gore Pt. in one of the old 24 hour Halibut Longline Openers (Pre-IFQ's, ya know, "the good old days", thanks again Clem) the weather can only be described as, well it WAS described by the weather folks as, the remnants of a typhoon. It was one of those "Perfect Storm" scenes, minus the Hollywood B.S., monstrous sea's the waves pushin 20' with the occasional BIG one to keep things entertaining, wind was smokin at 70'ish knots.

    Anyway, we'd gotten the last skate of gear aboard and had lashed things down and where bucking back towards Seward. It sucked, crap flying everywhere in the house, mayday's from other vessels going out regularly on both the vhf and sideband, yeah, the good old days <grin>. We'd JUST sighted Seal Rocks off the Chiswells and knew we had HOURS of punishment and misery left before we could breath easier, and stop ducking and dodging all the objects whizzing around the wheelhouse, when on the swell ahead of us (we were running with the sea's directly on our stern), a pod of probably 100 or more porpoise appeared, playing on the wind whipped swells. The sea's where so high that 50% of the time where where looking UP at the porpoise as they darted and danced for what seemed like hours.

    My skipper, a 3rd generation Alaska Fisherman grinned and told me that the square-heads (Norwegians) always considered porpoise harbingers of good luck. "We'll be fine now, we've got an escort" or words to that effect. I'll never forget that sight, looking up the face of a 20' swell and seeing these artful dodgers shooting up the swell and launching out over the trough. Truly a lifetime memory moment.

    Kill em for the hell of it?

    No thanks, those old square-heads know a thing or two about the big water, and I trust their estimations, and desire not to piss on my oceanic karma....
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    Sorry if my comment may have "offended anyone" ... but they are graceful, dont kill them please ... try sharks.

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    Wanna kill whales? Move to japan
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    hahha, is it legal to buy whale/other meat if youre on vacation in some asian country? not saying i would (dont even ever plan on visiting asia) but curious

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    It's legal in Japan, Iceland, and Norway. Heck, I wouldn't mind trying whale sometime, especially if I could do so in Barrow or Savoonga when they bring one ashore. Still...nothing about a porpoise makes me think of hunting.

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    Can you imagine the fight that a porpoise would give if you hooked one? My guess is they would spool a halibut setup before you could cut the line, they have a top speed of something like 40kts and when they are feeding they are moving fast.
    I always thought porpoise and dolphins tasted like canned tuna. JK
    I remember one time out at Naked Is my dads boat spun the hub on the prop and while I was hanging off the swim platform of the boat changing the prop a couple of porpoises came by to watch, I was surprised how close they came one of them came so close when he took a breath the spray hit me.

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    I was being Funny.Dolphin is a fish also known ad dorado or mahi mahi . The show flipper has made most people think dolphin when they are talking about porpoises . I see that you were aware of it and knew exactly what I was talking about.
    I dive alot in Florida and will be spearhunting fish and a pod will be around sometimes they are a wonder to watch either while you are in or out of the water.

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