Link: Comic 39
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Title: I thought they were supposed to be mammals
Date: January 14, 2005
Summary: Beaver and Steve are lost at sea, and Steve ruins their one chance of salvation.
"Fin" style: Written on a message in a bottle.
Number of panels: 10
Beaver and Steve sit in a yellow raft, out in the middle of a large body of water. Beaver lounges with his hand in the water. Both Beaver and Steve are stubbly.
Beaver takes his hand out of the water.
Beaver: "I can't take it much longer! We've been adrift for 3 days now and there's nothing but water as far as the eye can see!"
A dolphin surfaces and adresses Beaver and Steve.
Dolphin: "I say, do you fellers need any help?"
Steve: "A Dolphin! And I think it's trying to tell us something!"
Dolphin: "Yes! I can lead you to a tropical island paradise inhabited only by beautiful maidens. It's not far!"
Steve starts to get visibly angry.
Steve: "Stupid clown of the sea! It's laughing at us!"
Steve lunges at the surprised dolphin.
The dolphin jumps out of the water, all except his tail. He PFFFSHT!'s gas into Steve's face.
Steve: "AKH! GAS!"
The dolphin, now sporting an orange jet-pack, FKOOSH!'s into the air.
Dolphin: "Time for this bird to fly!"
The dolphin FOOOOOSH's off to the right, as Steve climbs back into the raft. He stares nervously at Beaver.
Steve, still dripping, continues to stare at Beaver.
Steve, no longer dripping, says something.
Steve: "I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with 'W' "
- Steve is quite likely referring to "Water" in the last frame.
- A new breed of dolphins apparently has jetpacks and can spray blinding gas at its enemies.
- This isn't the last time Beaver and Steve are trapped in the middle of the sea in a life raft.
- The title refers to a common fact which states that although dolphins live in the water, they are mammals, not fish. And then this comic turns it all upside down, making a dolphin refer to himself as 'bird'. Hooray!