Shouldn't Any GL Be Able To Talk To Fish And Breathe Underwater?

#1 Edited by OutlawRenegade (1251 posts) - - Show Bio

His ring does allow him to communicate with most living beings and breathe in every environment...

#2 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3519 posts) - - Show Bio

...yes?

#3 Posted by ColonelRunAway (370 posts) - - Show Bio

The ring can't do much for a non-sentient. Even Aquaman said fish are too dumb to comprehend any kind of conversation.

#4 Posted by IfDCRuledTheWorld (658 posts) - - Show Bio

I've seen Lanterns go underwater before....as to talk to animals???

#5 Posted by ALFMutant (151 posts) - - Show Bio

He can breathe underwater.

#6 Posted by BlackWind (6358 posts) - - Show Bio

@ColonelRunAway said:

The ring can't do much for a non-sentient. Even Aquaman said fish are too dumb to comprehend any kind of conversation.

This is something I don't like about new 52 Aquaman. Communicating with fish and having been partially raised among them gave Aquaman an amazing connection to the ocean.

#7 Posted by ColonelRunAway (370 posts) - - Show Bio

@BlackWind said:

This is something I don't like about new 52 Aquaman. Communicating with fish and having been partially raised among them gave Aquaman an amazing connection to the ocean.

Liking them doesn't doesn't change their physiology. The fish brain has no frontal lobe. It can see, smell, swim, breathe, it instinctively knows eating and mating are good, getting eaten or beached are bad, and that's about it. It has no comprehension of making some random sound or gesture to share that information with other creatures, and it doesn't need to. Any other fish it ever meets, even it's own newborn children, will already know exactly as much about survival instincts as it does.

Of course, whales and dolphins have frontal lobes, and actually do display vocal communication and learning facts from what they've been told or experienced, so Arthur or a GL ring could probably translate it. But whale songs can be up to several days long, and after sitting through the whole thing it could turn out to just be a mating call, or the coordinates for some really tasty krill. Arthur would probably get bored or curious enough to test that at some point, but a Green Lantern? Until the next earthbound ring goes to a shockingly willful marine biologist, I see Hal, Guy, Kyle and Simon all quitting of boredom in the first five minutes. And John would only stay because if he went into the ocean, all that silence darkness and death would leave him obligated to cry for a week about how he blew up a planet.

#8 Posted by BlackWind (6358 posts) - - Show Bio

@ColonelRunAway: You pretty much misunderstood my meaning.

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