Dolphins

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Dolphins

Dolphin myths and legends abound all over the ancient world, including Greece, Rome, China, Micronesia, Australia, and South America. Tradition says dolphins rescued five Christian saints.

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As early as 400 B.C., and continuing to present times, countless tales exist of dolphins rescuing sailors and carying victims to shore.

In 1996, a shark in the Red Sea attacked a man. Three dolphins encircled the man, and kept the attacking shark at bay until the man’s companions reached him. Thankfully, the man fully recovered to tell his tale.

Kai

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Kai is a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin that was born in October 1994 at the Brookfield Zoo. “Kai” is a Hawaiian word that means “spirit of the sea.” In 2006, Kai weighs over 420 pounds!

A Greek myth tells how a dolphin persuaded the hesitant sea nymph Amphitrite to wed the sea god Poseidon. The dolphin’s reward? To be placed among the stars in the constellation “Delphinus.”

In a different legend, the god Apollo sent a dolphin to rescue a favored musician Arion from drowning. In thanks, Arion placed a dolphin statue in Apollo’s temple. Later, Apollo transported the dolphin statue to the stars, again as “Delphinus”, so humans would honor the helpful dolphin forever.