Frozen Fleeting Fish-like Flashes


The Daily Post photo theme for the week is Evanescent and I have chosen to interpret this with the fleeting images of airborne dolphins we had at a child’s birthday party held today at Durban’s Sea World.

I know the subject of dolphin shows is controversial, with many saying they should be banned and that the dolphins should roam freely in the oceans. Countering this is the argument that generally these dolphins have been rescued and nursed back to health, and their subsequent release after being inevitably tamed as a result of rehabilitation would create danger for them as well as for ignorant bathers. There is also the increased life expectancy in captivity to be taken into account.

Another fact that cannot be denied is the part played by such institutions in educating the public. The ‘show’ mammals are ambassadors for their own kind.

In the case of a penguin show we also attended, there are no two ways about it that all of them would have died without rescue, and that release to dwindling safe habitats is problematic.

We also saw a seal performance, where many of the same arguments apply.

I loved viewing some old friends in the aquarium — sea horses from Knysna.

© May 2017 Colonialist
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19 Responses to Frozen Fleeting Fish-like Flashes

  1. I hope to be able to view Sea World, before something like them shutting theirs doors for good happens.

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  3. Always get hooked on a fine bit of alliteration; enjoyed the post too. Love the dolphins and would love them even more in the wild

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  4. Great shots, Col. You argue your case very well, as always. 🙂

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  6. bulldog says:

    These mammals in captivity are happy and are worth far more for education, than dying when released back to their natural habitat… these are great captures… luv it Col

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    • colonialist says:

      The survival statistics of those released and monitored have been most disappointing, so that where the ability exists to give them a good life in captivity and at the same time raise awareness of environmental issues, it is a worthwhile option.

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  7. Scottie says:

    I love to see these animals and their performances. My understanding is the dolphins love to perform thinking of it as play. I wish we understood these grand animals better. Hugs

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    • colonialist says:

      They do look forward to their performances (and the fish it earns them) and treat it all as fun. There is great depth in dolphins. They have amazing successes with troubled children. Indeed, in one case I was personally involved with (through Reach for a Dream Foundation) a child most definitely diagnosed as terminally ill turned the corner towards complete recovery after fulfilling a dream of having a session with the dolphins.

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  8. Colline says:

    I believe the people who work with these animals do wonderful things – and help children to understand the value of animals in our world in a small way.

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