Walking for Dolphins
ur adventure began when we all came together at a peaceful demo outside the Japanese embassy. We bonded over our dismay of seeing the brutal process of ripping dolphin pods apart, killing family members and condemning them to a life of cruelty and captivity.
On January 17th 2015 we marched through London to Trafalgar Square to raise awareness for the plight of cetaceans. I customised a top hat with slogans proclaiming ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Shame on Taiji’, and ‘Empty the Tanks’ and to top it off an Orcaball complete with a ball and chain.
So many passers-by clapped and tooted their car horns as they learnt about the brutality that is being inflicted on these peaceful creatures. Through my discovery of captive dolphins and the the largest dolphin: the Orca aka. killer whale I discovered Orcaball, designed by another dolphin defender in LA.
Once with the pod we met up with Dianna, an old friend of mine from primary school who’d been enlightened to the plight of the dolphins in Taiji. We introduced her to the pod and of course to the Orcaball! Dianna decided she had to purchase one and expressed a desire to take hers up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales.
There and then our adventure was decided.
We set a date for June 27th and arranged to stay in Dianna’s caravan. Esther and I live close to one another and decided to drive up together. Whilst protesting at Earthrace Conservation’s ‘Empty The Tanks’ march we met up with Clare who we’d met at previous demos. She decided there and then to join us along with Alex a friend of Maisie Williams, a celebrity who speaks out for the dolphins for Dolphin Project. Whilst chatting and planning the trip another pod member Lyndsey also decided to join us on our climb.
Esther arranged to raise money for Dolphin Project who help captive dolphins across the world. We then set about collecting sponsorship.
June soon approached and the ascent was upon us.
Bags packed, we began our journey to Wales. We were excited and full of enthusiasm for the dolphins we would be helping but we also had anticipation for the task of scaling a mountain as none of us except Dianna had climbed it before! The unknown is scary so goodness knows what the dolphins must go through once ripped from their pod and imprisoned in chlorinated tanks!
Once in Wales we met Anisa and Ethan. They knew little about the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan. We educated them about the horrors and heartbreak during the climb!
We awoke at 5am, raring to set off on our mission to take a whale up to the summit! Excitement bubbled as we drove to Snowdon…
The road to the path was smooth but steep and we all asked what we had let ourselves in for! We walked at our own pace taking breathers when needed and we waved our Orcaballs for photos, also people asked about the little ball so we educated them about Taiji and how captivity kills and why the Orcaball’s dorsal fin is drooped just like the poor orcas in captivity, not something that really happens in the wild where they can swim as far as they desire.
As we climbed higher the wind picked up and the sun shone. I needed a warmer hooded top as the wind was making me feel slightly off balance and it was causing my head to pound from the altitude. The wind took our breath away as did the stunning views!
As we got higher the mist came down, the change was amazing. No more views just battling against the wind as we climbed the very rocky path. At the summit there’s a compass on a little rocky clump. It was here that I had to sit down as it was just too much for me. However the girls braved it and got some great shots of the whale at the top of Snowdon!
We’d made it and had completed our mission, now just to get back down after walking for 3 hours to get up! We hoped the descent would be easier… Weary legged, we all stumbled a few times but our joy carried us down. As the mist began to clear, the beautiful raw landscape appeared. I thought about how the dolphins must feel to just look at walls in a tank. This must be like a mist to them, never knowing if they will ever see or hear the ocean again.
We took so many photos, had such a giggle and we bonded as a pod.
It made me realise just how it must feel to be ripped from your family and friends and to never hear them chatting and or join them playing again. People who swim with dolphins and those who visit marine parks claim to love them so much. Well, if you love them… #dontbuyaticket… #emptythetanks… setthemfree.. Join our ‘Superpod’ and fight for their freedom.
Our $2100 is going to a great cause.