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THE AUTHOR WAS HOOKED ON DOLPHINS AFTER THEY SWAM INTO HIS LIFE IN BAJA
Michael Baughman
March 19, 1984
First, to avoid a common confusion of terms: There are dolphin fish—called dorado in Spanish-speaking countries and mahi-mahi in Hawaii—and there are also several species of dolphins that are relatively small mammals of the whale family. Dolphin fish are lovely, ferocious fighters on rod and reel, and delicious on the table. But the other dolphins, the mammals (sometimes called porpoises, adding yet another element to the confusion), are even more special.
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March 19, 1984

The Author Was Hooked On Dolphins After They Swam Into His Life In Baja

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It was several days later, back home in Oregon, that, in my reading, I came across what I should have said. Another Greek—Plutarch this time—explained why dolphins are unique. "It is the only creature who loves man for his own sake," he wrote. "A dog is tame because man feeds him. To the dolphins alone, beyond all others, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage."

Dolphins are indeed special, and that is precisely why.

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