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Humpback whale underwater

Climate giants – how whales can help save the world

We know that whales, dolphins and porpoises are amazing beings with complex social and family...
Black Sea common dolphins © Elena Gladilina

The dolphin and porpoise casualties of the war in Ukraine

Rare, threatened subspecies of dolphins and porpoises live in the Black Sea along Ukraine's coast....
WDC's Ed Fox, Chris Butler-Stroud and Carla Boreham take a message from the ocean to parliament

Taking a message from the ocean to parliament

It's a sad fact that whales and dolphins don't vote in human elections, but I...
Minke whale © Ursula Tscherter - ORES

The whale trappers are back with their cruel experiment

Anyone walking past my window might have heard my groan of disbelief at the news...
Boto © Fernando Trujillo

Meet the legendary pink river dolphins

Botos don't look or live like other dolphins. Flamingo-pink all over with super-skinny snouts and...
Tokitae in captivity

Talking to TUI – will they stop supporting whale and dolphin captivity?

Last Thursday I travelled to Berlin for a long-anticipated meeting with TUI senior executives. I...

Earth Day Q&A with Waipapa Bay Wines’ marketing director, Fran Draper

We've been partnered with Waipapa Bay Wines since 2019 so for this year's Earth Day,...
Orcas at the seabed

The secrets of orca beach life

Rubbing on smooth pebbles is a generations-old cultural tradition for a particular group of orcas...

The Dolphin Enigma- A Poem by Matthew Scott

The Dolphin Enigma

What is dolphin? Defined by science or subject to interpretation? There are many intangible qualities that make up dolphin. A dolphin is elusive to our eyes and thought. What is it like to be dolphin? Will we ever know? We cannot experience echolocation, our eyes are not on the sides of our heads, we cannot replicate the grace and speed they have through the water. An underwater camera is a poor proxy for dolphin. We cannot imagine their world, just as we cannot imagine the world of a worm. When we understand the dolphin we will understand ourselves. Free and perfectly formed, majestic and dangerous. When we can touch our hand to our hearts and say we understand dolphin; that will be when we have thought of their intelligence, their beauty and their worth. When we respect and protect the dolphin, we will save humanity. This level of caring is beyond the average thought process.

Movement. Sleek, streamline, passive, artful. They are perfectly built for their environment. They glide through the ocean with perfectly stylised bodies. They lead with their head; they follow instincts, they sense their environment with perfect precision without sight. They follow the food and follow basic animalistic rights. Food means security; when will your next meal come? From a cupboard? No. Searching the oceans, following patches of food through the endless abyss.

Next sociality. Fission fusion societies. They have close bonds. They need each other to survive. They work in teams to eat. Are we like that, are our friendships based on the question of life? They travel with family and stick together. They travel between pods and form bonds with other outcasts. Do we accept outcasts?

Next captivity. How can we keep these majestic creatures, creatures who have taken millions of years to evolve into perfect specimens, in cages? What is humanity if this is entertainment. What has gone wrong with the world if people follow money over basic human-dolphin respect. Endlessly swimming in circles, their only highlight is eating pennies that naïve tourists throw at them. Would you eat pennies?

We feel emotion. We feel pain. We feel happiness and sadness. We can sense our own life quality and compare it to others. We judge people and hate people and base everything we do on pleasing others and impressing those we respect. Is dolphin much different? Yes. Dolphin is playful and carefree. Dolphin is intolerant and crass. Dolphin doesn’t care what any of you think of it. Dolphin is dolphin.

This is why striving to be dolphin should be our goal. We collect our thoughts when we should act on instinct. We cower under societal pressures while dolphin jumps in the rain. When we understand dolphin, we make our quality of life better. When we act like dolphin we save the human race and improve our individual life quality.

Let us take this journey into dolphin enlightenment together. Respect these creatures. Strive to be one of these creatures and we will find ourselves along the dark road of life. When we save the dolphins, we save ourselves. Think on that.