Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 4 of 4)
Weeks, months, years passed like this at the dolphin theatre. Every day new tourists, new shows, and additional rewards if our dolphins could perform what their overseers demanded of them. If not, they were fearful of not being provided with enough to eat during the day.
Fino was now middle-aged. He had gained many talents over the years; he was one of the most cherished dolphins at the park— loved by his trainers because he always obeyed the rules. He soon learned that he must do whatever his masters instructed him to do. This rule was clear. If there was no show, there was no food! It was the way humans domesticated animals.
Since Fino came here, he has lost two of the friends who were rounded up with him—in front of his eyes—they weren’t strong enough to endure the hardships of living in captivity. Also, as the seasons came and went, Fino’s mind was with his mother, he was missing her and the ocean. Would he ever see the open sea again?
Over time, Fino’s performance was deteriorating. He was performing slower, his unhappiness was apparent. Then, one day, out of the blue, he was caught by his masters. At the time, he recalled the day he was captured in the ocean. But why? What was the reason this time? Caught and put on a truck, the outcome was inevitable: if he could not perform well, there was no need to feed him!
Then from the truck to a boat and the deep and endless ocean. At last, he was free! He was back in his world again, even though he could not understand the reason why. Even so, here was the place to be! He looked around, swam a little bit hoping to see his mother and friends. Would it be possible after so many years in isolation?
He tried to hunt again, even though he had forgotten how to do. Then, he saw a group of dolphins and tried to get to know them. But these were entirely different dolphins, so he was not welcome. He had to take care of himself.
He was smart and powerful enough to survive. He could adapt to the new circumstances that confronted him.
Still, probably he wished he had a superpower to reason with his masters. He would have wanted to ask a few questions:
Why do you meddle with ocean life?
Do you notice how you damage nature?
What right do you have to separate me from my family?
Is it worthwhile doing so for profit?
Do you not feel any remorse for doing so?
And, is there anything more valuable than self-determination?
Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar