February 6, 2012 in Category Europe,Scarlett Adventures...,Spain

A Rescue Mission In Dead Dolphin Bay…

Have you ever seen a dolphin in the wild? Because, I kid you not, it’s absolutely incredible.

Seriously… you know that bit in Titanic before he starts screaming “I’m the King of the Worldddd” where they see the dolphins and he goes mental for them? Well I’ll bet that wasn’t even Leo acting.

Yes, I know it’s a cliché, but there’s something about the way they dive through the waves , playing with the passing ships that makes you so god damn excited…

They even cure depression… errm, and alcoholism and… oh whatever: Dolphins are amazing… and secretly everyone wants to see one swimming through it’s natural habitat!

 Which is why my first experience with a dolphin in the wild was so traumatic…

 Let me set the scene; sick of the typical, rainy British weather, I’d taken to Holiday Hypermarket to torture myself by browsing through some holidays…

One thing led to another, and 2 weeks later I was jetting along the Spanish Coast in a speed boat, I had the wind in my hair, the sun on my back and I was the most relaxed I’ve ever been…

Kind of…

 I was the most relaxed I’ve ever been; sunbathing on the back, swimming in the sea… until I’d spotted a lone person floating in the water a mile or so away…

I leapt up and screamed like a banshee, MAN OVERBOARD!!!”, knocked my friend away from the wheel, did a (very messy and ridiculously dangerous) 360 with the boat and began my rescue attempt.

I may have looked like a hysterical, over-dramatic girl (wearing silly Paris Hilton sunglasses because she still hadn’t learnt they make her look like a chipmunk)…  but in my head I was Tom Cruise and this was my Mission Impossible.

(God, I felt so fucking cool!)

Screaming at my friends to find ropes, tie their bikinis together… anything they could use to “save a life” I jetted ever-closer to the body in the sea… 

(Who am I kidding, I thought I was Pamela Anderson!)

…of course as I drew closer I realised it wasn’t a person that was floating in the water – it was a dolphin…

…A dead dolphin. 

I was devastated, partly because I had acted very hysterically, and my name was no longer going to be in the paper under the headline “British Hero Saves Life, Whilst Managing To Pull Off A So-Bright-It-Gives-You-A-Headache-Hot-Pink Bikini” But mostly because of the dolphin.

This was the first time I’d ever seen a dolphin in real life… and it was floating upside down in the saddest way you could imagine… so from that day I VOWED I was going to get a beautiful photo of one… 

To Be Continued…

16 comments… read them below or add one

Jenn February 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Oh the imagery up until you revealed the floating dolphin was so–Hollywood–I could see it right on my flat screen. But yes–seeing Dolphins once they have passed on is a very sad, sad sight. I grew up on the Gulf of Mexico and remember at an early age finding one “floating” along. This one wasn’t quite dead–but well on his way out. So sad.

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

It was heartbreaking Jenn x

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Sondra Crane February 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I nominated you for the Versatile Writer Award. Please go to this site to get it.
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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

ahhh Thank you Sondra x

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Emma's Bucket List February 7, 2012 at 12:52 am

Awww honey, I’m sorry to read that… Well done for being brave and courageous though-the intention was there. By the way… Did you see the post I wrote after your last comment… I think you’ll want to ;-)

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

FAB x

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Steven February 7, 2012 at 12:58 am

If you love dolphins, learn about what’s happening in Taiji, Japan. Watch The Cove. It’s sad, but we have to be aware so that we can help protect the dolphins.

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

It’s so, so heartbreaking – we do need ot be aware so we can help to stop it though x

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Susan Dusterhoft February 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

Oh…how heartbreaking! I love dolphins…and I would have done exactly what you did too. You must have felt so sad at that very moment. I can’t wait to read the next part.

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

It was so sad… lucky I saw one in the end :) x

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plantdotty February 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

That’s so sad, that you didn’t get in the papers in your shocking pink bikini!!!
Yes, awful to see a dead dolphin.x

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

Haha! x

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Alison February 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Aww poor dolphin :-( I would have been gutted. Glad you didn’t jump overboard though on a life-saving mission :-) I also love dolphins and missed my only opportunity to see them because I was too seasick and literally couldn’t move.

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

Ahhh poor you :( Seasickness is a nightmare x

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Monica February 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

Oh this is so sad. I really hope you get to see a dolphin one day. Well, you know, a live one!

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Scarlett June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

Thanks Mon :) x

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