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The Message Illustration

Cassie in bottlenose dolphin morph

"Dolphins are very intelligent. Not our kind of intelligence, but still, I guess they're one of the two or three smartest animals around."

The bottlenose dolphin is a highly intelligent mammal native to Earth. Common bottlenose dolphins were acquired by all six core members of the Animorphs and used as their main aquatic morph.


"I pushed away my doubts, closed my eyes, and concentrated on the dolphin. She became peaceful and calm, as animals always do during the acquiring process."

Jake, Rachel, Cassie and Marco first acquired bottlenose dolphins in The Message, after initially deciding not to acquire them in The Invasion. They acquired Joey, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Rachel, the six dolphins that The Gardens had, with Cassie acquiring Monica.[1]

In The Escape, Tobias acquired a bottlenose dolphin by flying above The Gardens and embedding his talons in a dolphin that had leaped into the air. However, the dolphin did not undergo the acquiring trance.[2] In In the Time of Dinosaurs, Ax and Cassie flew to The Gardens during a storm, where Cassie helped Ax safely acquire one.[3]



Cassie morphing into a bottlenose dolphin

"I love being a dolphin. How can you not love it? I'm not crazy about morphing insects. Especially the mindless little automatons like termites and ants. But I'm convinced that dolphins have souls. Or maybe it's just some arrangement of DNA-based characteristics that make them seem that way to humans. But whatever it is, whether it's something mystical or something real, I like it."

The common bottlenose dolphin is the Animorphs' most used aquatic morph as well as one of Cassie's favorite morphs. It has been used by all six core members of the Animorphs, although it has been used more often by Jake, Rachel, Cassie and Marco. The Animorphs rely on the dolphin morph for most missions that involve the water, even after acquiring shark and whale morphs.


Known Morphers


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