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12th Jun '18 11:13:30 AM Carliro
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* Inverted for the most part in Polynesian mythologies; whales and dolphins are little more than basically sea cattle to be eaten, while sharks, seabirds and even some fish are totemic symbols and depicted as sapient.
29th Apr '18 12:56:18 PM Homemaderat
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* In mythology involving the Amazon River dolphin seems to portray them as similar to the TheFairFolk; they are said to shapeshift into beautiful people in order to seduce humans, whisk them away and can curse people with lifelong nightmares.
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* In mythology involving the Amazon River dolphin seems to portray them as similar to the TheFairFolk; they are said to shapeshift into beautiful people in order to seduce humans, whisk them away and can curse people with lifelong nightmares.
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* In mythology involving the Amazon River dolphin seems to portray them as similar to the TheFairFolk; they are said to shapeshift into beautiful people in order to seduce humans, whisk them away and can curse people with lifelong nightmares.
* In more "modern" mythology/conspiracy theories, some have expressed the theory the so-called "Greys" are not actually extraterrestrial but the cetacean convergent evolution to humanity. Such theory obviously has more than its fair share of counter-dialog but is an example of this trope applied probably beyond it's real-world boundaries.
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22nd Feb '18 3:56:51 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Cassie has a minor crisis because she's not sure if it's right to take a dolphin's [=DNA=] or control its mind; one of their rules is that the Animorphs never morph a sapient creature without its permission, or unless it's an urgent emergency. Whether or not they're truly sapient is never ''quite'' settled (although whales just barely are, according to the Drode), but they are capable of a kind of telepathic communication with whales ("great ones;" the dolphins are the "little ones."), and Cassie firmly believes they have souls. Everyone loves the dolphin morph, because they're so happy and carefree.
** Orcas are also implied to be fully sentient, to the point where in the place of the usual instincts that the team have to overcome, they seem to have a fully functioning mind which is aware about the fact that it is indeed a morph.
** Also in'' Animorphs'', at least one whale is confirmed to be sentient: the Drode must spare its life for this reason.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
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Cassie has a minor crisis because she's not sure if it's right to take a dolphin's [=DNA=] or control its mind; one of their rules is that the Animorphs never morph a sapient creature without its permission, or unless it's an urgent emergency. Whether or not they're truly sapient is never ''quite'' settled settled, (although whales just barely are, according to the Drode), but they are capable of a kind of telepathic communication with whales ("great ones;" the dolphins are the "little ones."), and ") Cassie firmly believes they have souls. Everyone souls, and everyone loves the dolphin morph, morph because they're so happy and carefree.
** Orcas are also implied to be fully sentient, to the point where in the place of the usual instincts that the team have to overcome, they seem to have a fully functioning fully-functioning mind which is aware about the fact that it is indeed a morph.
** Also in'' Animorphs'', in ''Animorphs'', at least one whale is confirmed to be sentient: the Drode must spare its life for this reason.
7th Feb '18 12:51:26 PM Discar
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': [[AllThereInTheManual According to the X-Encyclopedia]], one of the planets in {{the Kingdom}} of [[FishPeople Boron]] has a native species of sapient whales.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': [[AllThereInTheManual According to the X-Encyclopedia]], one of the planets in {{the Kingdom}} the Kingdom of [[FishPeople Boron]] has a native species of sapient whales.
22nd Dec '17 10:40:53 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'': The dolphins and whales who inhabit Chelestra, [[ElementalPlane the world of water]], are sapient, capable of speech and allied with the [[{{Muggles}} mensch]] who live there, helping them by ferrying messages through and exploring the global ocean where the mensch cannot go. The whales don't show up much on-page, while the dolphins are shameless and enthusiastic gossips.



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14th Nov '17 4:52:48 AM memememememe
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** On a less lunatic note, many marine biologists believe cetaceans may well be sapient. The difficulty of establishing communications between our species has made the testing of this hypothesis difficult.

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** * On a less lunatic note, many marine biologists believe cetaceans (especially dolphins) may well be sapient. sapient because they share the same neural density (evidence by their extreme amounts of cerebral folds, just like a human's), brain structure and brain-to-body ratio as humans. The difficulty of establishing communications between our species has made the testing of this hypothesis theory difficult.
23rd Oct '17 5:22:49 AM neoamon
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* The comic books based on the ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' series explicitly portray Ecco as a very clever and resourceful dolphin, even to the point of tricking a jellyfish and a polar bear into attacking each other instead of him, and of course involve him discussing subjects like alien invasions with other creatures and even [[ItMakesSenseInContext talking crystals]]. See also the Ecco entry in the video game section.

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* The ComicBook/SonicTheComic has some comic books strips based on the ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' series explicitly portray Ecco as a very clever and resourceful dolphin, even to the point of tricking a jellyfish and a polar bear into attacking each other instead of him, and of course involve him discussing subjects like alien invasions with other creatures and even [[ItMakesSenseInContext talking crystals]]. See also the Ecco entry in the video game section.
15th Oct '17 10:54:30 PM PaulA
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* One early RPG inspired by Niven's KnownSpace novels had omitted rules for dolphin characters, but an article in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' corrected that, introducing such necessities as water-filled space suits and strap-on robotic arms.

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* One early RPG inspired by Niven's KnownSpace Literature/KnownSpace novels had omitted rules for dolphin characters, but an article in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' corrected that, introducing such necessities as water-filled space suits and strap-on robotic arms.
10th Oct '17 6:38:47 PM WillKeaton
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10th Oct '17 2:02:01 PM Jubileus57
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* Blip the Porpoise from ''VideoGame/{{Insaniquarium}}'' is highly intelligent and possesses powerful psychic powers. He is notably able to tell which fishes are hungry, how much life aliens have during a battle and precisely predict the area at which aliens will appear.
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