An Intelligent Ocean Dwelling Species

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Kaptin Kurk, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Kaptin Kurk Banned

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    Suppose an intelligent water breathing species had developed on Earth. It's intelligence is comparable to humans, and it has manipulators on par with human hands in facility (although they probably aren't hands. Mouths? Tenacles?) Now, how is world history different with these intelligent sea creatures, capable of bulding things and inventing things, floating around in our oceans?

    Feel free to propose what species these sea creatures would have evolved from, what their societies would be like, and how they'd relate to man, the air-breather.
     
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  3. NomadicSky Banned

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    Not really asb it's very possible that one of the cephalopod species could have intelligence comparable to humans.

    Octopuses are highly intelligent animals.
     
  4. Billi the Axe DoD Spy

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    Ummm , yeah one small problem. Fire is vital to any real tech development, no fire no metals. So they get stone age tech and are wiped out in the 19th century. which is later bemoaned by Liberal's everywhere
     
  5. JMIII POWER!!!!!!!

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    Excuse me, "Wipe Out"? How can you wipe out a race that lives in the ocean and has HUMAN intelligence, sure they have stone age tech, but they arent stupid and will not hesitate to hide. And the last time i looked the Ocean affords LOTS of hiding spaces, unreachable even by man (with current tech). Short of turning the ocean into vapor, there is no possible way of killing, even biological weapons would be unusable, for the sole fact, that we would have no idea how it would affect the oceans ecosystem. If everything in the ocean died, then humans will be in a very nasty pickle.
     
  6. Atom Future Human

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    Difficult. Technology might be entirely different. Maybe octopuses as an ancestor?
     
  7. Kaptin Kurk Banned

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    Well, heat is necessary for metallurgy, not fire. Perhaps they could discover some chemical way of creating heat for their metallurgical experiments, but I'm not a chemist, so I'm not sure. (Although they're are underwater volcanoes, that's seem a pretty unreliable way of constructing metal. )
     
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    Not only that, but an Ocean dweling species would lack the enviroment necessary for any real mining, electricity etc.

    I'm thinking Farming would be difficult, as would large settlements. Forget cities.

    So even if its intellectual capacity is higher then ahumans, it won't advance much further then hunter gatherer.

    Still, the idea of an oceanic empire, or confederation of tribal ocean peple is intriquing:D....how do you think such entities wouldbe displayed on a map?
     
  9. Michael B Doomfarer

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    How humans might interact with an intelligent marine species will depend very much where it lives.

    If in coast waters then it could be in serious trouble. Humans have hunted whales and fished or centuries so another large creature is going to be a target. However pre-industrial techniques have not reportedly made any large marine creature extinct. (Then again how would we know if one had been?)

    If on the surface of the deep ocean where food can be found, it's survival rating is going to be significantly higher. On the other hand there is going to be serious shortage of usable materials for tool making.

    If at the bottom of the deep ocean, it would have advantage of access to raw materials together with virtual security from human aggression. In fact until the Modern Era, the lords of the surface may not even know it exists.

    The one advantage marine intelligence has over human hunter gatherers would been a virtual immunity to human disease.
     
  10. Promethean Koning van Lotharingen

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    maybe they get on the land after centuries of dwelling in the ocean and start to live on the islands in the pacific?
     
  11. Flocculencio Fabian Socialist

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    Mmmm...intellisquid for dinner. The big brains are the best part :D
     
  12. rewster Playing Colonization for DOS

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    Why would farming be difficult? These creatures would LIVE in the water... I'm pretty sure they could figure out a better way to build a fish farm than we could. If they can eat algae, then there pretty much isn't even a problem at all.
     
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    it scares me to see the Octopuses swinging up the tree....more scary than snakes.....i prefer to see them in my dishes
     
  14. Keenir Banned

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    where are your Neanderthals?
    :cool:

    except that few oceanic animals can go anywhere & everywhere in the ocean -- for some, temperature blocks part of the globe, while for others its the pressure, salinity, pH, etc.
     
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    Farming wouldn't be difficult at all, indeed, I seem to remember seeing some kind of farming crab on some David Attenborough show...

    So there's the agricultural revolution accomplished, assuming they can construct stone tools, then they should be able to progress quite swiftly into more advanced agriculture. The developement of big brains also seems to imply an omnivorous diet, so it would be interesting to see what animals these octopods decide to farm.

    Indeed, if they get good enough at deep sea farming, they may then have a commodity in which to trade with humans. And, assuming that no technique for underwater smithery is discovered, then trade with humans will be essential.

    This new dimension of trade will certainly add a new level of dynamism to humanity maritime cultures...
     
  16. Promethean Koning van Lotharingen

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    would they milk whales?
     
  17. woodlin Member

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    they milk faster
     
  18. Atom Future Human

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    Thought, If metal rusts, then maybe this species would seek a different material for tools. Plastics? I don't know.:confused:
     
  19. M79 Well-Known Member

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    This species is likely to use continental shelves for aquaculture, and they might try to find ways to explore coastal areas much like early humans explored near coastlines using boats. They might not need metal but instead use shells, bones, and other materials as weapons. I'd be interested in what sorts of values/religion they have and exactly what sorts of technology they would be expected to develop. Personally I think their areas of greatest potential are the Caribbean, between Australia and New Guinea, the Indonesian area, and perhaps the Great Barrier Reef or India or the North Sea.
     
  20. Hendryk Banned

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    Algae farming and pisciculture would be possible.

    Now, in order for this to be biologically plausible, the POD would have to be quite far back, I suppose at least 50 million years. I dimly remember from biology class that one problem cephalopods have a different type of blood from vertebrates which isn't as efficient to carry oxygen. Perhaps a mutation at some point leads to the emergence of an improved cephalopod species (increased lifespan would be pretty much indispensable as well to develop intelligence)?

    Incidentally, The Future Is Wild speculates that in 200 million years, a species of intelligent land-dwelling squids might develop.

    I must say I have a soft spot for octopi. Maybe it's the tentacles ;)

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