Jackie the 10-month-old puppy made fast friends with a group of dolphins on the Tutukaka Coast in New Zealand. Jackie’s human, Arriane Christie, said the dolphins spotted the puppy from afar and swam up to meet her. Jackie was mesmerized by the creatures, though Christie was worried that the dolphins’ big tails could thwack her in the face. Christie let go of her fears when she saw Jackie and her new friends play together in the water to their hearts’ content. [Neatorama]
In September 2012, Alexis and Steve Epsey celebrated their wedding at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine, Florida (my former home!), and when their photos were taken, a few surprise guests popped into the shots. The dolphins at the park leapt out of the water as the couple had their first kiss and kept on gracing the party with their presence for the rest of the photo shoot. The dolphins kept those trademark pseudo-smiles on their faces the whole day, making the Epseys’ special day that much more joyous. Is this adorable or what? [Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail UK] [Image via Mercury/Sarah and Ben McLachlan]
Animal researcher Margaret Howe Lovatt is the focus of an upcoming BBC Four documentary called “The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins,” but the subtitle of this film could easily be “…And Then They Did Some Other Stuff.” See, back in the 1960s, Lovatt studied dolphins near the U.S. Virgin Islands, and one day she met a cute fella named Peter. Yes, Peter. As she puts it in the doc:
In the beginning when he would get rambunctious and had this need, I would put him on the elevator and say, “You go play with the girls for a day”…I was just easier to incorporate [dolphin handjobs] and let it happen. It was very precious. It was very gentle…Again it was sexual on his part, it was not sexual on mine. Sensuous perhaps. It would just become part of what was going on, like an itch. Just get rid of that. Scratch it and we’ll be done. Move on. And that’s really all it was. I was there to get to know Peter. That was part of Peter.
Well. Okay then. “The Girl Who Talked To Dolphins” debuts on BBC Four in the UK on June 17. Sounds like a sensuous good time. [NY Daily News]
Dolphins living in an area affected by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are now suffering from lung diseases and other problems that are consistent with oil spills. How heartbreaking is that? A federal government study was conducted looking into the effects of the spill, and the sobering results were released in a paper on Wednesday. The paper has made the strongest connection so far between the BP spill and dolphin deaths, which have spiked in the Gulf in the years since the disaster. Keep reading »
Forget about seeking the care of a doctor, that’s so passé. If you’re looking to have a “supernatural” birth, you should find a nice dolphin to deliver your baby. No, this is not the premise of a “Portlandia” sketch. It’s real. After receiving a lot of “signs” and reading the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek, North Carolina couple Heather and Adam Barringer have decided to travel to the The Sirius Institute in Hawaii to participate in something called a “dolphin-assisted birth.” And what does that entail exactly? I’m sure you’re wondering if dolphins’ snouts double as forceps or something. Read on, and all shall be revealed to you about the “dolphinizing” of the planet and how that relates to a baby coming out of a human vagina. Keep reading »
Dolphins are like humans in a lot of ways: they have sex for pleasure, mingle with different social groups, and enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror. They also spend a lot of time talking to each other in whistles, clicks, and pulses (coincidentally, this is how many of us communicate with our best friends). So here’s the million dollar question: will we ever be able to crack the dolphin language code? Scientists are hard at work studying dolphin vocalizations, a task which is as challenging as it is fascinating. George Dvorsky over at i09 sums up what they’ve learned so far… Keep reading »