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December 29, 2005

Animal husbandry

First they gave us gay adoptions.

Then gay marriage.

It wasn't long before polygamy, a practice dating back millenia, though invariably a negative institution even in -- especially in -- the Bible, came to the forefront again.

But that isn't enough. Now we have inter-species adoption. (Hat tip: Soccer Dad, who now has his own post up about it)

And, for now, the last taboo to fall is inter-species marriage. (Via K-Lo at the Corner) Although my working assumption is that this story is nothing but a weird joke, it still bears (har!) discussion.

Here's the gist of the story from the English-language site (Yediot Ahronot):

Brit Jew marries dolphin

Unusual wedding: British woman marries her beloved dolphin in Eilat ceremony

Joe Kot

Till death do us part? An unusual wedding ceremony was held in the southern resort town of Eilat on Wednesday, as Sharon Tendler, a 41-years-old Jewish millionaire from London married her beloved Cindy, a 35-years-old dolphin, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

The groom, a resident of the Eilat dolphin reef, met Tendler 15 years ago, when she first visited the resort. The British rock concert producer took a liking to the dolphin and has made a habit of traveling to Eilat two or three times a year and spending time with her underwater sweetheart.

Here's the key quotation from the "bride":
After the ceremony was sealed with some mackerels, Tendler was tossed into the water by her friends so that she could swim with her new husband.

"I'm the happiest girl on earth," the bride said as she chocked back tears of emotion. "I made a dream come true, and I am not a pervert," she stressed.
And here are my favorite comments about the article at the YNet site. One says, "A wife like Sharon is just what I seek. Wealthy and not interested in sex with me." Another: "If I remember my marine biology class a dolphins 'member' is more than a meter long (and prehencile). If the dolphin were to thrust even once, not only her uterus would be in danger, but so would her lungs. She would be litterally impaled. Think shipoudim." Shipoudim (usually transliterated without the "o") are skewers -- the Israeli version of kebabs. Yikes! And one commenter leaves it at this: "Tuna Safe!"