In 2007 I constructed my BOAT, a plastic barrel, streamlined with a tub and a road cone and propelled by a lever operated monofin. Although this did result in forward motion the energy input did not produce a corresponding speed.
Though it is not in my nature to harm our furry feathered friends I do feel inspired by the thought of killing two birds with one stone. Therefor it helps if you tend to view the world in terms of alternative reality.
A few weeks ago I responded to someone concerned for my safety: ‘Usually I come out of the water more alive than I went in’. I’d like to elaborate on that.
This series of short stories I wrote with still dripping hair right after they happened. The first plays in Inisheer, the rest in Doolin.
Based on many observations I thought in Dolphin Address 3 to have some insight in Dusty’s anger explosions. It seemed to be worth a try-out to give my Belgian friends the green light. Both have a respectful attitude and broad experience with swimming with dolphins and since Doolin 3 years ago Dusty has not threatened swimmers out in the water anymore as far as I know.
Back in the eighties, when I got the dolphin fever, I was taught a lesson that would stay with me for good. I had been invited by the Dutch ‘Dolfinarium’ to organise an exhibition of my ‘Natural shapes in wood’ (see also DA 4, 5 and 6, 2013) and was given a tour in the trainers quarters.
If the water at Inisheer had been fresh it would have been covered with a layer of ice. Therefor, once out, ``i spontaneously burst into song: ‘Skating away (on the thin ice of the new day, Jethro Tull on ‘War Child’).
In 2014 French television made a documentary about Dusty and me at Inisheer. This edition of Dolphin Address gives the link to the French version. The photos are stills taken from it.