“And thanks for all the fish”

The late and very lamented British writer, satirist, and wildlife explorer Doug Adams, in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, explained that “on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.”

Read more from the always amusing Robert Krulwich on the topic of Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous over at NPR.