I'm trying to recall a story where humans have died off. Dolphins are repopulating the land and a series of surgical procedures is involved. The final procedure is to close the blowhole.

There may have been a "love story" where one dolphin was going on land and the other was staying behind.

I believe that this was in a collection of short stories (possibly including "Examination Day") from the mid seventies. The story would have been targeted at seventh and eight graders.

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    Looked through IO9's "10 of the most epic science fictional dolphins", found zilch.
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    Feb 5, 2014 at 13:15
  • @unclebrad Any reason why you haven't awarded a correct answer or investigated my answer?
    – JMFB
    Jun 16, 2015 at 18:20
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    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2015 at 7:22
  • @unclebrad Is my answer lacking in some way?
    – JMFB
    Aug 8, 2015 at 2:31

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Destiny and the Dolphins (1969) by Roy Meyers.

A nuclear holocaust destroys everything. There's only three humans left I believe and they repopulate the Earth.

This is the only review I could find of it that references what the story is about. It's the third book in the Dolphin Trilogy.

In Destiny and the Dolphins, a nuclear holocaust destroys all of civilization, leaving the three of them to repopulate the world. It is up to them to work out how they will engineer a new society.

  • Thanks, that looks promising. I will check it out.
    – uncle brad
    Apr 6, 2015 at 1:39
  • @unclebrad did you ever look into it? Was this the correct answer?
    – JMFB
    May 8, 2015 at 17:40
  • @JMFB : Nice find, JMFB! +1. This is almost certainly the correct answer. I'm surprised it hasn't been accepted (or at least confirmed) yet by the OP.
    – Praxis
    Aug 15, 2015 at 8:11

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