I remember reading it at school but do not remember if it was in a collection of short stories or a book. It was the 80's so it would be that time or before the 80's. What I remember is a new planet the ship I think crashed or had a malfunction and some how some dna got mixed up. I remember the main character watching what was either a seal hybrid or a dolphin hybrid swimming.It was mixed up with something weird that today we know would not happen. Its been over 20 years and that's about all I can remember.

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Maybe a long shot, but... David Brin's "Startide Rising"? The fit:

  • Written 1983
  • Ship hiding on a planet for repairs.
  • Dolphin crew (with some humans). Not "mixed up DNA" but "uplifted".
  • Actually, I note the WP article mentions "Parts of Startide Rising were published as "The Tides of Kithrup" in the May 1981 issue of Analog." so maybe that's what you read.
  • There was no dolphin crew and they where colonizing the planet. Does sound like and interesting read though. I am thinking the main character might have been a young lady.
    – Peggy
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 14:09
  • @Peggy: Any chance it was The Uplift War, another book in the same series?
    – GreenMatt
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:07

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