I didn’t mean to hurt her. It was feeding time, and I thought maybe I was given something new. Apparently not. I can hear my SeaWorld trainers talking around me, saying that it wasn’t my fault. But everyone around me seems pretty upset. Another dolphin told me that it has even made national news. What I can’t tell is if people are upset that I’m in captivity in the first place, or if they are upset that I accidentally bit a young girl.
I started listening to more conversations around me, and I realized that people are mostly bothered that I live in a marine park. They are using my mistake of biting the girl as leverage to get animals like me out of recreational parks. I can’t say I disagree. If I weren’t forced to live this unnatural lifestyle, this never would have happened. After all, it was an innocent mistake. I did not intentionally harm the child. I was relieved to discover that people already knew that. As badly as I feel that I upset the girl and her family, I must admit that I am thrilled to realize there are humans championing my rights to be free in the ocean.
Someone left a magazine near the feeding bucket. One of the articles was about my little biting incident. They called it Dolphin Bites Child’s Hand at SeaWorld. It said that the same incident happened another time within the last two years. That time wasn’t me. I hope people know that. If only I could apologize to the little girl.
Hopefully this story takes flight and I can return to the natural lifestyle I was taken from.
Note: This was an experimental blog post as assigned for my J452 class. I am writing from the perspective of the dolphin that bit a young girl at SeaWorld, though that should be evident by now.