Dolphins and More.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
423Trip End Dec 31, 2018
A RANGERS DOLPHIN EXPERIENCES
Starting on a large wheatbelt farm, then working with Marine Life for four years in Coral Bay and finally travelling to a large number of the worlds iconic wildlife wilderness experiences, was a pretty good introduction to working with Monkey Mia's Dolphins, or so I thought.
As exciting as the above adventures were, I was to discover that none of it would compare to not working with the Dolphins of Monkey Mia, but practically being invited by the Dolphins to join their families
Any one of the Rangers working out at Monkey Mia have their own personal accounts of exchanges with the Dolphins, however indulge me in sharing some of my personal favourite experiences while engaged in what I am told daily as being ¨the best job in the world¨.
My first day in the water I was asked to distract Kiya, a then young 14yr old, pregnant, non provisioned Dolphin, unfortunately unbeknown to myself, Kiya has great aspirations to join her mum Puck and big sister Piccolo in the feeding programme. So here I was standing between Kiya and the Dolphins being fed, feeling a little self conscious about chatting to her, calling her a good girl and so on, when Kiya started to get a bit pushy. So I changed tack and told her ¨you are not getting any fish so behave¨, within seconds I had been rewarded with a severe strike. I was not sure if it was her rostrum or tail flute, however Kiya was gone and I was left with a bruised leg
Also in the first few weeks, Piccolo our 20yr old Dolphin, decided to test me out by swimming between my legs. I was requested to not encourage the behaviour so changed my stance to ensure my legs were closed. This resulted in a fully grown, very determined Dolphin trying to force her way through and even though she nearly pushed me over I managed to hold my ground, stopping her from passing through. Piccolo has not tried to swim through again since, although she has stuck her head through a couple of times and given a very cheeky look.
Probably the most remarkable experience happened recently while giving the Dolphin presentation, with my back to the ocean and facing the crowd
The icing on the cake was the privilege in November of being introduced, first by Kiya to her newborn calf Wirriya (Wideea) (her second calf however 1st survivor) and several days later by Nicky to her newborn Missel (her ninth calf yet only 2nd survivor).
Well I hope this is a little bit of insight into the different personalities and sense of humour the Dolphins possess.