Ecco the Dolphin was loved by many people across the country. A favorite among Sega owners of the past, the central character is a dolphin named Ecco, ripped from his pod (family) after a tornado sucks him out of the ocean. Separated from all those he loves, Ecco ventures into the unknown to get them back. On his quest, he finds the entire sea in chaos thanks to aliens who aim to strip the planet of all its resources. Ecco then travels back in time through wormholes on an heroic mammalian journey to beat the alien “vortex” trying to take over the world. But a writer at VICE recently discovered Ecco had a k-hole to go with

Historically, John C Lilly is the scientist best known for advanced dolphin research. NASA went as far as funding his research on the possibilities of interspecies communication in the ‘70s, in an effort to make strides in extraterrestrial dialogue. After this work, Lilly found ketamine through doctor friends, and fell farther away from the sonnets of traditional science, rather looking toward the meta and psychedelic ends of what he had discovered. And it is through this that we can start to draw the vast connections between our friend Ecco and Dr. Lilly. Through sensory deprivation and IV ketamine injections, Lilly’s new studies delved into just such matters, eventually even being adapted into the novel Altered States and the subsequent William Hurt film of the same name.

Through hard digging across the vastness of the internet, a lone tweet from video game developer Ed Annunziata, creator of Ecco the Dolphin states that although he never experimented with LSD or other heavy psychedelics, he was very influenced by the writings of John C Lilly. So even though the guy doing the zeroes and ones may not have ever donned the moon boots, it’s safe to say tripped out scientists of the past helped show old Sega how deep the waters run.