Species Template: Dolphin
By Keith Garrett

Dolphins are small cetacean mammals with beaklike snouts. They evolved along with humans on the planet Earth, although for much of human history dolphin sentience went unrecognized. Dolphins are peaceful, intelligent, curious, and friendly. They are aquatic beings, spending their entire lives in water, although they breathe air. They possess a form of sonar which can reliably sense an object's size, shape, texture, and density up to 20 meters away (in a liquid medium). Since they have no appendages suited to tool use and other such typical humanoid manipulation of their environment, dolphins tend to be introspective and contemplative.

Dolphins (and their cousin, the Whales) are valued in Starfleet for their outstanding navigational abilities. Some ships, in fact (including the Galaxy-class) incorporate special facilities to accommodate cetacean crewmembers and/or researchers. "Cetacean Ops" on these ships is where theoretical topics in navigation are studied in depth.

Attributes
Fitness 2 [5]
Coordination 3 [5]
Intellect 2 [5]
    Perception +1
Presence 2 [5]
    Empathy +1
Psi 0 [5]

Skills
Acrobatics (Aquatic) 1 (2)
Athletics (Swimming) 1 (2)
Culture (Dolphin) 2 (3)
History (Dolphin) 1 (2)
Language, Dolphin 2
Planetary Sciences (Navigation) 2 (3)
Space Sciences (Astrogation) 2 (3)
World Knowledge (Earth) 1 (2)

Typical Advantages/Disadvantages
Curious +1, Excellent Hearing +2 (Sonar), Pacifism -3 (Self-defense), Physically Impaired -3 (No Fine Manipulators; Cannot Walk), Sense of Direction +1

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