I just saw a clip of the 2003 BBC “Wildlife on One” episode Dolphins: Deep Thinkers, narrated by David Attenborough. It’s a video of dolphins living where they should be. Swimming and surfing freely in the wide open oceans. Whenever we have the privilege of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat, it just drives home the point of how unnatural aquarium life really is. What better way to learn about an animal than to see real life, not captive life.
But this particular video showed something else as well. It focused on the play aspect of dolphin life, and how continuing to play in adulthood is something we humans share with them. Just doing something because it’s fun goes beyond the playful acts themselves I think. It improves the overall quality of our lives, helps bring about balance with the things we have to do.
Obviously the practicalities and necessities of life have to be dealt with. But without a sense of fun and play, life can become more about existing than living. Doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose of doing all the survival stuff in the first place?
In addition to the glorious ocean flops and dives of these dolphins, there are some great moments when dolphin and human surf side by side. Both are just enjoying playing around in the ocean.