Posted by: neblinoso | February 10, 2010

Dolphin Experiment

 Over the last week i’ve been conducting an experiment.  An educational experiment!  I received a small, blue dolphin that when put in water, over the course of a few days, grows to 600% of its size.  I felt like a little kid who just got a new toy.   As soon as i got home from work, i found a leftover food container, filled it with water and plopped the dolphin in, eager to see it expand.  I watched it for a few minutes, hoping to see some immediate signs of growth, but it just sat at the bottom, as if it were too embarrassed to do anything while i was watching.   

When i woke up the next morning, it was the first thing i thought of, and i jumped out of bed and ran to the bowl.  Tiny bubbles decorated the dolphin’s body, but i couldn’t tell if it had grown at all.  I left a note for housekeeping so they would not empty the bowl and possibly ruin this highly scientific experiment. 

Each day it grew to be a little bit bigger until after about six days it didn’t seem to be growing any more.  I took pictures along the way to document its progress as any true scientist would do.  Documented evidence is everything in science.  I mean if someone were around to take a picture when the Earth came into existence we wouldn’t have this whole creationism/evolutionism debate.  Maybe someone on another already existing planet did take a picture and their history books actually explain how we came to be.  Now wouldn’t that be something?!   

After about six days i decided to remove it from the water since it didn’t seem to be getting any bigger.  I set it on a paper towel, which perhaps was the catalyst in my experiment going backwards.  It was slippery, almost like when you catch a real fish.  

The next day i looked at the dolphin it appeared “off” somehow.  I finally realized the tail was shorter than the previous day.  Each day afterwards, it continued to shrink back down.  It still hasn’t reached its original size, but has instead become this malformed semi-version of a dolphin with birth defects.  Being submerged in water must be the only way it can remain big.  I’m glad i didn’t have to remain in water to stay grown.  I’d be sooo pruny by now!  I guess this means i’ll be turning my library at home into a half-science lab, so i can keep jars of this dolphin and all the other animals i got consistently immersed in water. 

Day 1

Day 2

sign to housekeeping

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5



  1. The circumference of the container is a bit small that the dolphin couldn’t expand to its fullest. :):). I think (base from another ho-ho scientist point of view) a wider container and using warm water can do the trick. :):):)

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