Dolphins are an increasingly popular choice of animal-assisted therapy for psychological problems and developmental disabilities. A 2007 study with 30 participants found it was an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression. However, this study was criticized on several grounds; for example, it is not known whether dolphins are more effective than common pets. Reviews of this and other published dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT) studies have found important methodological flaws and have concluded that there is no compelling scientific evidence that DAT is a legitimate therapy or that it affords any more than fleeting improvements in mood.
Still, claims have been made about the magical healing power of dolphins. Encounters are frequently described as exhilarating and inspiring, perhaps part of their "magic". Dolphins often show a fondness for young children. Sometimes when a child enters a pool dolphins, they are immediately surrounded by attentive females. Working with dolphins has had positive results with autistic children and others with 'special needs'. The research continues.
Miraculous! Dolphin Healing Powers May Help Humans Live Science - July 21, 2011
During the healing process the dolphins' wounds don't show signs of infection. Researchers have discovered that their skin and blubber contain compounds with antibacterial properties, which may help stop infections in the open wounds. The dolphins also don't show typical reactions to pain while they are recovering from these injuries. Usually, a deep open wound would alter an animal's behavior and eating habits for a few weeks. In his discussions with dolphin handlers.
The healing ability itself is pretty miraculous, Zarloff said. In a matter of weeks the dolphins can completely replace the missing tissue - even gouges the size of two footballs - without a dent in their body shape. They may get this regenerative ability from special stem cells, like some amphibians that re-sprout limbs.
Understanding the dolphin's blubber-regenerating abilities could be useful to humans. The techniques these seagoing mammals use to rebuild their tissue could rely on some special type of stem cells or proteins, and it may be something humans could appropriate.
The other proteins the dolphins are known to produce during healing, like a pain-relieving or anti-bacterial compound, could also work on humans. Because the dolphins create their own pain-relieving compound, there's a chance it wouldn't be addictive to humans as are many pain relievers on the market today.
Dolphins combat child deafness BBC - August 3, 2000
2011 -- My friend Paul has lived on the Big Island in Hawaii for the past 30 years, studying healing and doing energy work alone or with others. Most days he swims with the dolphins, who he says speak to him by sounds or telepathically. Paul reports that in recent years, their size, tones and patterns of behavior have changed, intuitively telling him that great change is about to happen not only where he lives, but everywhere on the planet, as witnessed by the increase in natural disasters. Other friends who work and swim with dolphins, also pick up messages of great cataclysmic changes that are coming.
Three year old Allie the Hybrid child (human and alien) commanding the Dolphins in
Spielberg's Miniseries Taken
Some believe dolphin frequencies connect Earth with Jupiter's moon, Io - that alien life forms travel back and forth to Earth from Io in frequency. While here they take on the persona of dolphins and using their energies and harmonics to heal and balance the planet. This is also linked to theories of aliens who visit here and take on human or animal forms to heal and help the planet move into its next stage of evolution.
Starseeds - Star People - Starborn
Sacred Geometry - Creation
Dolphins are part of the sea, the oceans, the metaphoric primordial waters that we associate with the flow of consciousness or the source of creation, that which creates the illusions of reality through which we virtually experience.
Dolphin Studies Could Reveal Secrets of Extraterrestrial Intelligence Live Science - September 6, 2011
How do we define intelligence? SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, clearly equates intelligence with technology (or, more precisely, the building of radio or laser beacons). Some, such as the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, suggested that intelligence wasn't just the acquisition of technology, but the ability to develop and improve it, integrating it into our society.
By that definition, a dolphin, lacking limbs to create and manipulate complex tools, cannot possibly be described as intelligent. It's easy to see why such definitions prove popular; we are clearly the smartest creatures on the planet, and the only species with technology. It may be human hubris, or some kind of anthropocentric bias that we find difficult to escape from, but our adherence to this definition narrows the phase space in which we're willing to search for intelligent life.
According to myth, dolphins walked on the land (physical reality)
then returned to the sea (consciousness).
This takes us to Amphibious Gods.
Dolphins appear in a number of Greek myths, invariably as helpers of humankind.
A dolphin rescued the poet Arion from drowning and carried him safe to land, at Cape Taenarum, now Cape Matapan, a promontory forming the southernmost point of the Peloponnesus. There was a temple to Poseidon and a statue of Arion riding the dolphin. (Herodotus I.23; Thucydides I.128, 133; Pausanias iii.25, 4)
The Greeks reimaged the Phoenician god Melqart as Melikertes (Melicertes) and made him the son of Athamas and Ino. He drowned but was transfigured as the marine deity Palaemon, while his mother became Leucothea. (cf Ino.) At Corinth, he was so closely connected with the cult of Poseidon that the Isthmian Games, originally instituted in Poseidon's honor, came to be looked upon as the funeral games of Melicertes.
Phalanthus was another legendary character brought safely to shore (in Italy) on the back of a dolphin, according to Pausanias. Many clay seals and old coins depict a man or boy riding a dolphin.
Dionysus was once captured by Etruscan pirates who mistook him for a wealthy prince they could ransom. After the ship set sail Dionysus invoked his divine powers, causing vines to overgrow the ship where the mast and sails had been. He turned the oars into serpents, so terrifying the sailors that they jumped overboard, but Dionysus took pity on them and transformed them into dolphins so that they would spend their lives providing help for those in need.
Dolphins were also the messengers and helpers of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. Dolphins were sacred to both Aphrodite and Apollo.
In Hindu mythology the Ganges River Dolphin is associated with Ganga, the deity of the Ganges river. The dolphin is said to be among the creatures which heralded the goddess' descent from the heavens and her mount, the Makara, is sometimes depicted as a dolphin.
The Boto dolphins in the Amazon River are shapeshifters, or encantados, who are capable of having children with human women.
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