March 16, 2018

Win tickets by whistling like a walrus

Filed under: Animals by Orangemaster @ 8:29 pm

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Can you whistle louder than Nikolai the walrus? If you can or at least you think you can, the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk, Gelderland wants to see a video of you trying. Before Monday 19 March you can send in a film with your whistling talent at, according to newspaper De Stentor.

It’s mating season at the Dolfinarium and that is why Nikolai is displaying his whistling talent. Apparently, he’s already scored twice and can be heard whistling from three kilometres away, delighting the villagers.

The Dolfinarium is giving away two free tickets and two VIP tickets for the walrus presentation to the person that can imitate Nikolai the best. Yes, all the jokes imaginable have popped up in my head as I wrote this.

Here’s Nikolai and Natasja a while back showing off their vuvuzela skills.

(Link:, screenshot: YouTube)

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December 29, 2007

Dolphins outperform market analysts

Filed under: Animals by Branko Collin @ 4:15 pm

Dolphins perform better at the stock market than market analysts do, a recent experiment at the Harderwijk Dolfinarium suggests. The animals got to pick five balls that represented companies. Five stock analysts got to pick five companies that they thought would do well in the market. After a year, the dolphins’ stock had increased 27% in value, but that of all but one of the analysts had decreased in value. The one analyst that made a profit only made 10%.

In previous years similar experiments were done with a gorilla, with similar results. The gorilla got to pick from a number of labelled bananas that represented companies, and made a profit of 15% above market index. Obligatory joke: they had to switch to dolphins because the gorilla kept eating the bananas.


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