The dolphin Personality

Dolphin Characteristics: Medium sized • Charismatic • Gregarious • Zealous • Talented • Narcissistic
Scientific Name: Tursiops truncatus
Collective Term: A pod of dolphins 

Active and Fit

Dolphins are those tanned, beautiful people who populate background scenes in shows like Baywatch, and somehow remain annoyingly healthy while eating and drinking with abandon.  You’ll rarely encounter an overweight dolphin.

Perhaps it's their active lifestyles that keep them so trim, but their good genes have something to do with it too, for even though many dolphins subsist on junk food, their hair is shiny and their skin always glossy.

Street Smart but Arguably Unwise

Though the dolphin’s large brain is capable of solving almost any problem, its reputation for intelligence is overrated, for dolphins place little value in cerebral pursuits and avoid mental challenges.  They are nonetheless able to hold their own in debates, but prefer cavorting and surfing to discussing weighty philosophical issues.

Dolphins demand little from life other than the time to enjoy it. As highly sexual individuals, they spend a great deal of time in the pursuit of bodily pleasure, and their aggressive quest for sex sometimes dominates social interactions.

The Dolphin's Career

Dolphins are not designed for manual labor. Their bodies lack the skilled hand-eye coordination found in land mammal personalities, but their intelligence and social abilities bestow the special advantage in people-oriented careers.

You’ll rarely find dolphins in a nine-to-five office jobs; their outgoing personalities makes them perfect for public relations, salesperson or spokespeople.   Other natural careers include professional sports, fitness instructors and acting.

One advantage to being a dolphin is having the ability to accurately read the hidden intentions of others by picking up subtle body language.  Some might call it sonar, or radar, but whatever it is, this talent makes them ideal psychologists or crime investigators.

Dolphins in the Wild

Dolphins live in schools containing males and females of all ages. They usually don’t have any particular leader, but males do observe a hierarchical structure based on size. They are highly social animals and will assist an injured member of the school, raising it to the surface to breathe. This behavior has been reported by injured human swimmers who have been helped to safety by these gregarious creatures.

Dolphins have an insulating layer of blubber, but because they have no sweat glands and are unable to pant, must dispel their excess heat through their tail flukes and flippers, and this is why these parts of their bodies are warmer to the touch. It is believed that dolphins have little or no sense of smell, although their excellent hearing, and built-in sonar, more than compensate for this deficiency.

Careers and Hobbies

Public relations • Sales • Pro sports • Fitness instructor
Boating • Skiing • Swimming • Partying • Surfing • Practical jokes

Love and Friendship

Dolphins are a decidedly lusty lot and rarely consider the consequences of their behavior before plunging into relationships. A high level of self-esteem gives them confidence that things will turn out well. And they usually do . . . for the dolphin that is.   If a relationship is destined to end, it’s usually the dolphin that swims away, and the reason is simple: there's simply too many fish in the sea. No hard feelings of course, it's just time to move on to sample more of life's delicious banquet.

Saying no to a sexual invitation would never occur to a dolphin. It's not that they're indiscriminate or anything, but they have a deep respect for chutzpah and wouldn't snub anyone who has the gumption to put themselves on the line.

Because of their adaptable personalities, dolphins have a large pool of compatible partners from which to choose. While the ocean-going otter and sea lion are eminently suitable for their spontaneous and lusty lifestyles, some of the larger animal personalities also make exciting companions; notably the water-loving tiger, who provides the challenging melodrama that the dolphin craves.

Famous Dolphin Personalities

Cameron Diaz

Portrait of Cameron Diaz

Lithe. Wet. Sleek. Playful. Nothing else to say.

Burt Reynolds

Portrait of Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds in his later years became a parody of a dolphin. Self-absorbed perhaps, but always on the look-out for fun times.

Dan Marino

Portrait of Dan Marino

Yeah. Dan Marino was the Dolphin's most famous quarterback, but he was also athletic, smart and unpredictably agile.