Ensign Darwin, Special Reconnaissance, Deep-Sea Tracking & Data Retrieval

As a young dolphin, Darwin was rescued from a tangled fishing net by Captain Bridger, who then nursed him back to good health. Bridger and Darwin formed a bond and began developing a means of communication.

As part of the bait to get Bridger to command the seaQuest, Darwin was transported to the boat when Bridger went onboard for a tour, and became quite happy with his new environment. He could enter or leave the craft at will, and, once inside, he could roam anywhere in the ship through a water-filled tube system. An advanced computer program allowed direct communication, translating a shared vocabulary of approximately 125 words of English with dolphin klicks and squeaks. The program was designed by Lucas, who soon became Darwin's best friend.