Monday, August 13, 2007

Eye of the Dolphin

I've been keeping an eye, in my mind, on dolphins for a long time, for at least two reasons. As a student and professor of communication & media studies, I can't help but be fascinated by this sea-faring mammal that communicates with a level of sophistication greater than any other species on this planet - except, perhaps, us. And as a reader and writer of science fiction, I think I recognize the dolphin for what it is: the closest we humans may have down here on Earth to come to know an intelligent alien, an organism with an intelligence clearly very different from but overlapping with ours.

That is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to Eye of the Dolphin, a family movie opening in theaters on August 24. And the story looks to be sensitive and inspiring. A 15-year-old girl is obliged to stay with her father, a dolphin researcher, in the Bahamas. Now this may not seem like such an unpleasant development, but Alyssa (played by Carly Schroeder) has been tossed out of high school in Los Angeles, and her father doesn't have much time for her in the Bahamas. Fortunately, Alyssa befriends a wild, orphaned dolphin...

I just saw the Eye of the Dolphin movie trailer, and wished I could have seen the whole movie....

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