THE PERFECT PAIR DOLPHIN TRILOGY IS PROUD TO PRESENT A BLOG BY JOANNE KING, AUTHOR OF DOLPHINS AND MY OTHER MARINE FRIENDS
GREAT SPIRITS ALWAYS ENCOUNTER OPPOSISTION FROM MEDIOCRE MINDS
The world’s precious dolphin and whale species are adored by many internationally. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to experience many one-on-one interactions with these marine dwellers, building some of the most amazing memories both in and out of the water.
The memories that my book contains are all true, factual and solely my own, and represent a diary of my personal experiences.
In sharing my stories, my hope is to create an awareness within people that there is a pathway to understanding these highly evolved species and to nurture respect for their lives and future existence.
Worldwide, their environment is being decimated by pollution and stripped of their food sources, and their daily activities are constantly interrupted by non-stop tourism ventures offering paying customers the chance to experience an encounter. All of these are negative impacts, which do not make their lives any easier.
Dolphins are being slaughtered or captured for entertainment purposes, when they are forced to perform for paying guests. Their right to freedom has been stolen, eroded by humankind’s greed and lack of consideration and respect.
My experiences speak volumes. Their mode of communication - which is not vocal, but telepathic - has shown me that they are in need of a higher level of understanding from the many humans and organisations that use and abuse them for their own profit and gratification.
I advocate an end to marine mammal captivity, except in certain circumstances, when they have been injured and deemed unsuitable for release back into the wild.
I believe that feeding naturally wild dolphins dead fish to encourage regular visits to the shore is a major negative. I have seen this activity practised at numerous tourist locations and believe that a dolphin’s natural behaviour is tainted by it, as it encourages them not to hunt for live fish, but to become more and more reliant on free handouts from humans. It also encourages some to become scavengers within their own environment.
I have personally witnessed this behaviour and conclude through observation that some dolphins become so familiar with these free handouts that they start to approach boats for their free feed. In some cases, they anger fisherman by stealing bait from their lines, which has led to some dolphins dying at the fishermen’s hands.
If we are to satisfy the ever-growing human lust for interaction, a balance that is good for all has to be achieved. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, as there are positives and negatives for both arguments, but if I can make a small difference by sharing some of my experiences and knowledge with others, perhaps things will slightly improve for our marine counterparts in the future.
On numerous occasions when interacting with marine mammals, I have been accompanied by friends, so I understand the excitement people feel from being in the presence of dolphins both in and out of the water. All who have shared in this wonderful experience have come away feeling amazed, thrilled and privileged to have shared their company.
I use no incentive to gain interaction from the dolphins - purely the power of thought, a psychic message telling them that I would be grateful for their company.
I have been in the company of media, professional photographers, a surfing legend’s mother, whale watching tourism organizations, underwater birthing instructors, dolphin gurus, environmental warriors, government cetacean experts and marine mammal researchers. As regards my telepathic communication, some people understand, some are intrigued, some think I am crazy and others accept the truth of the dolphin-human telepathic connection. I stress: each and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
I know that telepathic interspecies communication is real. As humankind has evolved, many of us have sadly lost the gift of telepathy in favour of vocal communication.
For those of us who continue telepathic communication today, may these words ring true: GREAT SPIRITS ALWAYS ENCOUNTER OPPOSISTION FROM MEDIOCRE MINDS.
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David c holroyd & tracy j holroyd