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The weird and wonderful (but mostly weird) world of dolphins

Voices in the Ocean author Susan Casey explores our cultural fascination with, and misconceptions about, dolphins.
True or false: Dolphins have x-ray vision. How much you really know about the cetacean mammals? (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)
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Are dolphins intelligent, playful creatures resembling TV's Flipper? Or are they wild, sexually aggressive ocean mammals that can be trained for military missions?

Susan Casey says they're both — and a lot more. The bestselling author joins Shad to discuss her new book, Voices in the Ocean, and our cultural fascination with, and misconceptions about, dolphins. Warning: it gets weird. 

WEB EXTRA | Susan Casey says dolphins live in cultures and societies that mirror our own. "They are so much like us and yet so different". Here are 7.5 things we learned from her fascinating book: 

Source: Susan Casey's Voices in the Ocean
q: So, did we surprise you at all? Share your reaction to this interview, and any wild dolphin facts we missed, in the comments below.

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