Watch the video from Facebook page The Living Earth Speaks. Click on the image below to begin.
- This is Danielle's Message to all People -
My name is Danielle. I am quite young, a teenager. I help where I can. Where I come from they say that I'm matronly as I love looking after the young ones and I love playing with them.
It seems like a long time ago. We were playing at one of our favorite spots at home. The young ones were with us. They look to us as their nannies. I'm young, like I told you before....but I am good with the young ones. I have patience and enjoy their company.
Then that dreadful thing happened. Suddenly, people were chasing us. Motorboats. Nets. It was really noisy, and the young ones couldn't swim as fast as me and the others. I went back for them to help them and I too got caught with the rest. Our families were too far away. They heard our distress calls but there was nothing they could do. We sent our messages to them telepathically. We were hurled into trucks. It was a very uncomfortable ride. They didn't treat us nicely. We shouted at them to release us back into the ocean, the water....but of course it was fruitless, they didn't understand us. We didn't like what was happening. I needed to be with the young ones to help support them...to help encourage them.
Time passed. The journey was arduous. We were transferred to another carrier and off again we went. This took place some more times and then we found ourselves in water again.....this you call Subic Bay. The people are nice...but we want to go home. We don't care much for what they are offering us. Accommodation just within the bay. And dead fish.
Some of the young ones are still confuse why they are not able to leave the bay and return to the open oceans. And each day we "talk" to our parents and our family and friends to let them know that we are still alive and we want to go back to them. My family did tell me about dolphins being captured and then being trained for entertainment for humans. This is not what we want. This is not natural. Living in the oceans is natural to us. Living and swimming to anywhere in the oceans is the natural wa of being for a dolphin.
I'm sad for the young ones who have not experienced being a true dolphin yet. There's so much that all of us want to experience still. There's so much to discover about the oceans. There are so many stories our parents want to share with us....and we are so looking forward to that experience. But now we can't. I know there's so much my mother wants to share with me and now I can't experience that. There are so many beautiful things in the oceans we can experience. But we can't now. We cannot BE who we are. This is sad and ridiculous all at the same time. I know that there's work to be done but I have yet to find out what exactly that my mother wants me to know. The way of a dolphin. How to make a home. How to care for the young. We work as a community. When anyone needs help, we are there to help. We are always there for each other.
The people here at Subic Bay are treating us fine....but we don't want what they have to offer. We were happy in the oceans and the oceans is where we want to be RIGHT NOW!
I know from what you've told us, there are many humans who are fighting the authorities to let us free. And we truly appreciate their efforts and I am asking for them not to give up. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Our parents and friends are grateful for this. Please let the humans know, please.
It is very boring here Oribel. There's nothing much to do other than taking instructions from the people who are training us. We do the same things over and over again. We do lots of synchronize jumping and swimming. We don't like the fish they are feeding us but we have no choice. We miss chasing and eating our fishes. We miss chasing one another and other sea creatures in the ocean.
The ocean is our playground and our home. We so miss home. Sometimes when I "talk" to my mother I cannot help but share with her how miserable I am even though
I don't want her to worry too much.