Improvements in the video display of personal computers have reached a level of spatial and intensity resolution that allows realistic simulation of animal image processing. An IBM PC with standard VGA graphics is capable of providing the computing power to support a visual acuity study from 1) formulation of the optical/neurological model, 2) acquistion/ analysis of data to 3) simulation of the perceived photic environment. The hardware, software and behavioral data required to "see" a scene degraded/enhanced by the illumination, distance, intervening viewing medium, optical train, retinal mosaic and neural processing are discussed. A model for the optics of the dolphin eye is reviewed and a model of the dolphin retina is presented. This comprehensive description of dolphin vision is integrated into our knowledge of other mammalian visual systems.