Humans have long attributed divine qualities to these mysterious, marine mammals, who have been documented saving humans from drowning and sharks; as far back as ancient Greece, harming a dolphin was punishable by death. Anyone who has seen or swum with them in the wild will testify to their phenomenal intelligence, their curiosity and their ability to inspire happiness.
Dolphins are considered mystical healers, spiritual creatures; the subject of paintings, tattoos and jewellery.
Yet the majority of people who see these creatures today will watch them in dolphinariums – tiny swimming pools in which they are expected to perform circus tricks, day after day, in exchange for fish scraps. In the wild, these animals swim up to 65km each day, use highly developed fishing techniques and have strong social bonds. No matter how much they appear to “smile”, in our opinion a life in captivity does not make these creatures happy, and for a truly transcendental experience you need to get on a boat, head out into the open ocean and find out what really does cause a dolphin to beam.