As a Gold Coast local, the news this week of a 3 year old Dolphin being trapped for 5 hours in an inflatable swimming enclosure whilst the mother looked on anxiously got a lot of coverage in these parts.
The cheeky calf took advantage of the higher than normal tides, thanks to the ‘supermoon’, to slip under the nets and have an extra feed on the unsuspecting, and usually protected, fish that reside within the inflatable enclosure on Tallebudgera Creek.
As onlookers experienced initial delight that quickly moved to strong concern for its welfare, what struck me about the whole episode was how many people and resources mobilised to help rescue the young dolphin.
From local experts at nearby Sea World, visiting tourists, locals from the nearby community, passing boats, and heavy lifting & cutting equipment…this little adventure was now attracting a lot of attention, effort and expense. The feelings of celebration and relief for those involved were clear to see. I even felt a sense of relief myself even though it was only through watching the evening news! Of course, the dolphin just swam off with his mother as if nothing had even happened.
Let me be clear, I’m not saying it was not worth it. Quite the opposite, as it should be in my book. It did get me thinking about how we, as humans, react in times of need to help out others regardless of what it costs us in the moment.
The conclusion I reached is that deep down, whether we choose to admit it or not, we really do care about others and not just caught up in our own world. The vast majority of us stop to help. It’s what we do, without question. Lack of time or budget does not get in the way in those moments. We don’t want anyone harmed, physically and/or mentally, if we can help it.
This confirms why the safety and wellbeing of others is my passion. A trapped dolphin is like a person at risk or an organisation looking for a way out of a situation they don’t want to be in. I hate seeing ‘trapped dolphins’, it feels horrible.
My mission is help individuals and organisations to avoid the traps to start with, or provide my every effort to free them if already there. And I’m fortunate to work with an organisation that shares my passion and mission.
If you have people in your organisation that are your potential young dolphins, or you feel that your organisation is already trapped in that swimming enclosure…help is at hand and the feeling of success is incredible.
What’s your trapped dolphin?