It was NASA funded.
It happened for ten weeks in the 1960s at Caribbean-situated Dolphin Point, often called the Dolphinarum.
There was inter-species salaciousness.
And it ended in dolphin suicide.
When we tuned into the middle of the documentary “The Girl Who Talked with Dolphins,” it almost immediately felt like (for me) the villain here was Margaret Howe, the untrained 23-year-old who took it upon herself to teach English to Peter, an adolescent bottlenosed dolphin.
Invited by Gregory Bateson, an eccentric counterculture scientist and the director of the lab, Margaret dove head first (pun intended) into the experiment, inventing such techniques as painting her lower face white but her mouth black so that Peter could “read her lips.”
Peter was having trouble pronouncing the letter “M,” you see.
Although one had to ask: should Peter be trying to pronounce the letter “M”?