Christmas Gifts for Dolphin Lovers
Choosing a dolphin lover gift
may not be as easy as it is for a pet lover, but that
is not to say it is not possible. In fact, you will
find quite a range of dolphin related gifts around the
internet, although in your local store it may be hit
and miss as to whether you will find anything. In my
case, I received the true, ultimate dolphin lover gift,
some years ago, but more of that later.
The demand for dolphin gifts, though, is undoubtedly
high. On a brief and unscientific survey, dolphin lover
gifts are about half as popular as cat lover gifts.
If you think about it, that is amazing. Most people
will never see a dolphin in their lives, yet we are
surrounded by cats.
What is it, then, that makes dolphins so appealing?
I love birds and cats especially, but dolphins I adore.
They are wonderful and appealing creatures with a mystique
that helps their popularity. Dolphins are the stuff
of sailors' tales, and true stories, about dolphins
and man. They have faces that are expressive in a human
like way, and they seem to smile. Dolphins also seem
to follow man out at sea, when men venture out in their
boats or into the water.
Dolphins are also performers, not just in captivity,
but in the wild. While they do travel at high speed
and jump out of the water in so doing, they do come
across as playful, and capable of enjoying life. So,
in a way they are partly human like, and therefore easy
for us to relate to. They are also very intelligent.
Dolphins engender excitement, and at times everyone
becomes a dolphin lover. In my country of origin, England,
dolphins off the coast have always been something of
a rarity; although I have read that large numbers of
dolphins have been seen off nearby Wales recently. While
I still lived in England, though, the appearance of
a few dolphins close to shore may even have made the
television news and front pages of the newspapers. Now,
that's something cat's cannot do!
I am one of the lucky few, though. I was fortunate to
be able to live on the Dorset coastline, where a group
of about 6 dolphins had become familiar passers-by just
offshore. Very rarely they ventured into Swanage Bay,
but mostly they were observed sometimes off Durlston.
But, you needed a lot of luck and patience to see any
dolphins there, even when they were known to be in the
area. I had a naturalist friend who had lived in Swanage
for 25 years, and was a frequent visitor to Durslton;
he had never, ever seen a dolphin there.
I was a member of Dolphin Watch, spending long hours
on the cliff top looking out for the dolphins to record
their movements. I had no luck ever while on duty, nor
had many fellow dolphin lovers on the watch. My luck
suddenly changed, though, when I was out walking with
my daughter one Sunday afternoon, on the cliff tops
at Durlston. It was early December, and winter and Christmas
were in the air.
The grass slope was a little bit slippery, and I slipped
over, ending up on my back. After my daughter's initial
concern subsided, we both had a good laugh, and I hobbled
over to a nearby bench to get my breath back. The bench
was looking out to sea. That's when something of a miracle
happened; well, at least a major coincidence; an incredible
As we sat down, I said: "Ok, we will sit here until
we see a dolphin, even though it may mean missing Christmas."
Christmas was 3 weeks away, so it was a rash thing to
say. We looked out to sea, and within a minute, I saw
two dolphins. I was in disbelief, but I took another
look; I had my glasses on so was not being deceived.
It really was dolphins.
My daughter thought, assumed, and was sure, I was joking.
Then she saw them also, plus a third dolphin. We watched
them for about 45 minutes, walking along the coast with
them, and then back again. It was a mesmerising and
unforgettable time, even though they were so far away;
those three bottle-nosed dolphins were, to me, the ultimate
dolphin lover's Christmas gift. A few weeks early, and
free, but a wonderful gift nonetheless.
About the author:
This dolphin lover gift article was written by Roy Thomsitt,
owner author of the Gifts For Xmas website, http://www.gifts-for-xmas.com