have regular, almost daily contact with the central Pacific. These are photos, posted earlier in the week, of a massive beaching of dolphins on the remote atoll Aranuka. It is less than five square miles in area, and less than a tenth of a degree north of the equator. I lived on this atoll as a boy. The people had never seen this before. They hugged the dolphins, jumped on them, tried to pick them up, did everything imaginable with them. Even if the dolphins could have been freed, I don't think there is an easy escape from that lagoon. OBSERVATION: In the last few weeks, this has been happening all over the world. It is described as "unprecedented". Some blame the West.