Dolphin

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…

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