Message of love - can you see the dolphins? (Optical illusion)

June 10th, 2008

Message of Love from the Dolpins (Message d'Amour des Dauphins)
Have you ever seen this picture? It’s “Message of Love from the Dolpins” (Message d’Amour des Dauphins) which is an optical illusion (Or rather “optical delusion”) by Swiss artist Sandro Del-Prete. I you look at the vase you’ll probably agree that it depicts a man holding and kissing a woman from behind. What if I told you that the image in fact depicts a number of dolphins?
In fact it depicts both - it’s all a matter of how your brain interprets it. Kids, who are “inexperienced” tend to see the dolphins. Grownups tend to see the loving couple, Some grownups can’t even see the dolphins if they try really hard.
It’s all about what the brain expects and knows. If you know how to see a certain pattern, you’re more likely to see that pattern.

For those of you who still can’t see the dolphins, here’s a version of the image with outlines to help you out. I encourage you to look at the images side by side to help train your brain.

Here are a couple of other links of interest: (Might mindfuck you a bit ;) )

11 Responses to “Message of love - can you see the dolphins? (Optical illusion)”

  1. anewuser says:

    aye. I see the dolphins, but I was shown this image like a year ago and at first I could barely see the dolphins. I was only able to spot like 7 dolphins but apparently there are 9 ?

  2. Optimus says:

    Aaah,. can’t see the dolphins. But with the outlines I can, a bit hard..

  3. Gamma Goblin says:

    I must be totally messed up because I see a bottle in a pool of water.

  4. Ducks says:

    Lol I can see them.Its real easy

  5. Jaison says:

    I saw this in person, maybe it was a print, but it’s really neat to see the first time. Sandro Del-Prete has a very unique illusionary style.

  6. xXx says:

    I can only see eight dolphins, unless the thing in the middle of the vase is one?

  7. scotty h says:

    I’m 12 years old and what is this

  8. Jaison says:

    i like sex.
    its sexy and i’m only 5.
    i have sex with my 4 year old sister like that all the time.
    i suck on her boobs.
    and she sucks on my penus

  9. Jaison says:


  10. Chase says:

    They miss the last one in the dishes mouth. The tree in the top the on tiny one in the mouth. That makes 10.

  11. Chase says:

    Fishes mouth

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