Subject: Re: Massaging Whales & Dolphins

Strider Coyle (
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 17:00:17 -0800 (PST)
#This might be a strange request.  I am writing to you from Bancroft School of
#Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA.  One of our students is interested in
#learning to massage whales and dolphins.  Do you know of any schools that
#teach these skills?
#Thank you for your consideration.
#Gregory Hurd
#Director of Career Development and Outreach

Hi Gregory,

While I am no expert on this, I'm sure that everyone in the Virtual
Whales group will agree that this is the strangest request we have
received yet!

I'll venture an opinion however.

I don't think marine mammals are going to appreciate massage therapy.
Essentially, they are in a zero gravity environment: they are supported
by the water, and don't have the kind of muscle strain that land going
mammals have. Not to mention the fact that you would be hard pressed
to penetrate the layers of blubber!

I'll even go a step further and say that I think that animals such as
factory cows, pigs and even chickens would appreciate massage much
more due to the fact that they cannot even lie down, or groom each
other as they are accustomed to do in the wild.

I have heard about people practising on dogs and cats, and we all know
what kind of stresses they endure.

Good luck anyway.

Strider    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
"The summit of a mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rythm of the
 sea, speaks to me. And my heart SOARS..." 
        - Chief Dan George