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The Underwater Secret to Finding Aliens

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For astronomers, dolphin intelligence was interesting because understanding it could help us communicate with another potentially intelligent species: extraterrestrials.

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It was known as the Dolphin House, a unique laboratory in the Virgin Islands home to a remarkable and audacious 1960s experiment to communicate with dolphins. Backed by government funding, neuroscientist John Lilly worked with a brilliant group of colleagues, but his growing fascination with drugs, and researcher Margaret Howe's relationship with one of the dolphins, would lead to controversy. This is the story of how Lilly's flawed, yet visionary, work unfolded and how it would come to influence the marine conservation movement we have today.

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