Saturday 24th March , Port Adelaide
Today I went kayaking in the dolphin inhabited Port River waters with other international students . During the fun and exhilarating first time experience of being in a kayak , we had the chance of witnessing a truly wondrous event .
We were all standing on the river bank listening to our guide’s instructions on how to manoeuvre our kayaks when all of a sudden we hear a big splash . Quickly turning our eyes to the river , what do we see ? A dolphin jumping in and out of the water as if it was in a Zoomarine .
Having regained our composure after loud displays of sheer surprise and delight , we listen to the guide’s explanation : “More or less three years ago a young dolphin named Billy got injured and was taken to a nearby marine centre to get medical treatment . While recovering he got the chance to observe some of the training numbers of the marine centre’s dolphins . The moment he was brought back to his natural environment he started teaching ‘the move’ to some of his river mates . Today around six or seven dolphins in the Port River colony have learned it and have passed it onwards to the next generation . This ‘move’ is not for mating or survival purposes : it’s just for fun . It’s not natural , just for fun”.
We were truly lucky to witness it . Also dolphins need to show off sometimes .