Shanghai Jim (shanghai_jim) wrote in little_details,
Shanghai Jim

Can dolphins follow a ship across the Pacific?

Setting: 1944, from San Francisco to Papua New Guinea

I've always heard of the stories of dolphins following ships even from ancient times. But they don't actually follow a ship all the way across a sea, do they? Or across an ocean? Let alone the Pacific Ocean?

I have a troop ship heading for Papua New Guinea embarking from San Francisco. Some time early on in the voyage I imagined a couple of dolphins appearing and following along the ship, long enough that one of the men on board could joke that they're his pets. I'd like to know if this is plausible.

Searched: "legend dolphins ships", "dolphins following ships", "dolphins across ocean"
Tags: ~animals (misc), ~boats and other things that float

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