Dolphins have figured prominently in society for ages. To the Minoans, as far back as 2000 b.c.e., dolphins were symbols of joy and music. Centuries later, the ancient Greeks and Romans featured dolphins in their mythology, art, and literature. The four extreme points of the Australian continent continue as sacred “dolphin dreaming” sites for aboriginal tribes. In fact, all over the world—Australia, Oceania, China, India, Egypt, and Africa—dolphins often appear in stories of human creation and civilization. In contemporary society, dolphins are likewise ubiquitous in popular media and culture. However, the quantity and quality of society's encounters with dolphins today are very different from those of the past. Unfortunately, as greater numbers of people inhabit the world's coastal areas and society intensifies its use of ...

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