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What's up with the dolphins?

The dolphins' constant presence near the Anterreans in the ocean was really cool, as I believe there's something special about dolphins, but I don't think that their presence around the Anterreans is ever explained in the movie. Or did I miss something?

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I was thinking about this actually because my roomate asked me the same question when we were watching it one day. I heard that dolphins are the only other mammal that have sex for pleasure and when the characters Arthur, Joe, and Ben get out of the pool they discuss how they are all very horny. Maybe the movie was trying to make a connection some how between the dolphins getting in the mood too. Just a thought.

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At least for Dolphin's, much like humans with any sense of sexual morality, sex without desire for fertilization is usually a means of strengthening a relationship within the pod. But yes, Dolphins are also part of this unique group of sexually premiscuous mammals, of which membership is quite low (Bonobos, Dolphins, and Humans). Though science has yet to confirm whether all sex in the animal kingdom is primarily for procreation or more specifically, whether most mammals enjoy sex or not, we currently have no way of accurately recording the "stimulis", and needless to say, most reputable scientists are hesitant to engage in any ambitious campaignes (for obvious reasons). But I strongly doubt that has anything to do with the Dolphins, and let me say, if the only purpose of the Dolphins in this film was to make some sort of abstract affiliation with the sexaul stimulation of a couple of licentious geriatrics, well, that's just a downright depressing waste of metaphorical potencial if you ask me.

"DON'T PANIC."

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When they got out of the pool and were "as stiff as blue steel", I think it was meant to show how they felt younger.

1985 was before the time of Viagra and all the other magic pills. Regaining this ability would hit home with a lot of older men, you can see how excited they all got.

Didnt know I would discussing this when I clicked here.

I dont totally get the dolphins but they talk to the aliens, remember when that weird machine goes off on the boat because Jack touched it? A dolphin came up, chirped and the machine went off.

I also think that the comment about the dolphins looking horny was more to develop the goofy character Jack than to literally imply that they would be down there mating with the dolphins.

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Could it be that the dolphins were enjoying the life force the cocoons gave them just like the old folks did?

Jack does say something along the lines of "Careful, those dolphins look kinda horny!" which ties into what someone else wrote in the thread.

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Well, people have said that dolphins have special powers and can detect things we can't. Maybe the fact that the Antennians were scoping the ocean at the beginning attracted the dolphins' attention and that was why they sort of let out sounds.

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They were saying "goodbye and thank you for all the fish"

quote: Douglas Adams

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No, it was never explained why the dolphins liked the Anterreans. I just fig it was becuz dolphins are highly intelligent animals & that they knew that the aliens were a good race of beings & maybe also becuz they were attracted to the lifeforce energy that the Anterreans had around them. So they formed a friendship with them over the centuries & when they returned to earth in the original movie, the dolphins were not only saying hello to an old friend but also maybe helping them find their comrades who were still lying in cocoons in the ocean.

"When this baby hit's 88 MPH, you're gonna see some serious *beep*

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It was nothing sexual at all. As the second most intelligent creatures next to man, the dolphins obviously understood what was going on re: the aliens and their cocooned compatriots. The Antareans were telepathic so could communicate and read minds without speaking (this is demonstrated a couple of times in the movie and explored more in the novel), so no doubt the dolphins were well aware of their plans and intentions and were looking on with great curiosity and interest. Actually a special effects scene was filmed in which a dolphin gives a knowing wink at Jack towards the end of the film as the spaceship leaves above them, but it wasn't used in the final cut. I always like to think of the dolphins as the "guardians" of the cocoons over the centuries.

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The Antareans were telekenetic so could communicate and read minds without speaking


just a little correction - telepathic is communication between minds without speaking

telekinetic is moving things by thought alone, not physically touching anything
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