12 hours ago
The sea has a hold on those who spend their lives around or on the water and traditions are big parts of the water ethos. I love being on the water whether it’s kayaking, boating, or being on a wave runner, and I admit to being humbled by the allure of the open water. The dolphin is one of bravura and if you were looking at a compass it would just spin in circles with parables of the dolphin. When I was a boy I would stand at the bow of my father’s boat and watch these marvelous mammals glide through the water as if they were guiding the way or trying to tell a story to those few who would listen. It’s no wonder that myths are filled with endless anecdotes of the dolphin. There are 44 types of species, but just being around one is captivating enough. The dolphin is associated with some of our greatest folklores and this may be why literature, art, and statuary depict dolphins as angels protecting sailors at sea. Sailors never know if they will return home and seeing a dolphin once meant the gods were protecting them. Maybe the dolphin was Atargatis, the first known mermaid that captivated sailors during their time at sea, or, perhaps the dolphin Delphinus, the Greek God that helped Poseidon prevail in winning the heart of Amphitrite, the queen of the sea. One has to wonder if you were at sea and seeking safe passage until you returned home to port, wouldn’t you want to know that something or someone was ensuring your safe return? To some a dolphin is just a mammal that swims through the waters, but to others it leaves imagination in the hands of the gods.