General - A marine animal featured in some stories. (1) In Greece the dolphin was sacred to Apollo. This animal, said to have saved both Arion and Telemachus, is regarded as an emblem of Aphrodite and Poseidon and was ridden by the Nereids. (2) In Mesopotamia the dolphin was the animal of Ea or Oannes. (3) Some North American Indian tribes regard the dolphin as the incarnation of the Great Spirit. (4) In Roman myths these animals are ridden by cupids and conduct the souls of the dead to the underworld. (5) In South America some tribes believe that the dolphin can take on human form at night. In some lore, occasionally called dolphin.

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