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The heavenly dolphin

2 Jun 2013, 00:00 UTC
The heavenly dolphin
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Dolphins have been long thought of as seafaring friends of human beings. There's a dolphin in our sky to honor them. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending June 8, 2013
Dolphins have been long thought of as seafaring friends of human beings. There’s a dolphin in our sky to honor them.
One story says the dolphin is there because it helped Poseidon marry a mermaid. Poseidon had been courting
Relief sculpture of the marriage of Poseidon and Amphitrite. They are in the chariot.
one such creature named Amphitrite. One day he proposed to marry her and she accepted. If not for the dolphin who’d been giving Poseidon rides out to see her, the romance wouldn’t have happened. To show his gratitude, Poseidon gave the dolphin a place among the stars.
A different version of the same story says Poseidon had been courting Amphitrite without the dolphin’s help. When he asked her to marry him, she fled, preferring to remain unmarried and virginal. Poseidon sent several creatures out to look for Amphritite. The dolphin was the one who found her. He persuaded the mermaid to return with him and marry Poseidon. And Poseidon thanked the dolphin ...

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