I have a forty-year love affair with dolphins. I am not sure how it started -- I became enamored when I was about 12, long before they were as hip as they are now. I had dreams about swimming with them; many of the same dreams over and over; their undulating shapes moving around me, silhouetted in the spangled light from above.
In 1986, National Geographic magazine published an article about dolphins which included a graphic aerial shot of a bloodied cove in Japan, where fishermen where murdering hundreds of them. This was long before the film, "The Cove" exposed the practice.