Nellie

Nellie

I hear your call to the water,
The roll and swish and wish of the mother
Not the decimated, chlorinated, death-indoctrinated stuff of this other
In a tank.

Made to suppress the life inside
Leaving the urge, the call, the jump for true joy behind
In some memory of a birthright
From a tank.

A thousand cuts upon your soul
A thousand children cheering the knife
That took away your life
In a tank.

What language you speak
We need not learn.
Merely another tool of the master
Of a tank.

Leave your boats on the shore
Leave us to the language of the sea
A million questions we can ask in the wild
Only a few
In a tank.

Can you see me at all
Can you hear my cry
Can you save my children
From a tank?

Nellie. February 27, 1953 - May 1, 2014

Nellie. February 27, 1953 – May 1, 2014

15 Responses to Nellie

  1. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Beautifully written and heart-felt. <3

  3. Beautiful, brought a lump to my throat. xxx

  4. Thank you for this soulful tribute.

  5. Thank you. A beautiful tribute.

  6. This is a very, very powerful poem, Mo.
    You both honor Nellie and shine the light of truth on a soon to end shameful chapter in mankind’s immature quest for dominance.

  7. Julie Graham

    Beautiful! :)

  8. Rest in peace beautiful…sorry humans kept you from your real life….:(

  9. So beautiful, touches the soul. Thank you, Mo Brock.

  10. “Israel: The Royal Tour” hosted by CBS travel editor, Peter Greenberg with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    A one-hour PBS special offering a look at Israel through the eyes of its prime minister.

    One stop on the tour was Dolphin Reef located at Eilat, in the southern tip of Israel on the Red Sea.

    Peter Greenberg emphasized once or twice—maybe even three times—that the dolphins were wild and free, not captive. On his official website, Greenberg again emphasizes that none of the dolphins in the program were captives.

    The location was beautiful. A helicopter flew over showing an aerial view of a group of dolphins swimming in the ocean. They certainly looked wild and free to me. I saw no barriers or nets or tanks or anything like that. It was convincing.

    So I Googled the Dolphin Reef Eilat and this is what I found:

    (dolphinreef.co.il) Diving and snorkeling with dolphins is offered for a fee, as well as a therapy program for special-needs children.

    (ceta-base.org) An inventory of 8 dolphins is listed, with names and data on each one. Two came from the wild; six were born in captivity.

    (marineconnection.org) “The Truth About Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel.” They wrote:

    “Dolphin Reef, Eilat situated in the Red Sea is a captive dolphin facility which claims to offer something unique. It claims to be an ‘ecological site’ where people can ‘observe dolphins in their natural habitat’ and where the dolphins choose to be with people. Sadly, this facility is far from unique. There are many facilities like Dolphin Reef around the world claiming to be unique but each facility has the same fundamental basics – the confinement of several dolphins in a small area totally detached from their natural environment, even if a pen in the sea, where tourists can observe and swim with them.

    One crucial similarity of all of these facilities, and the one which drives them, is revenue.
    A sea pen is still a captive facility. A dolphin which would normally travel hundreds of miles throughout oceans and dive hundreds of feet is, at Dolphin Reef, contained in a shallow bay a tiny fraction of the size of the usual area it would have to explore and hunt.

    Dolphin Reef is not an ‘ecological site’, it is in no way a dolphin’s ‘natural habitat'; it is, plain and simple, a captive dolphin facility. A dolphin’s ‘natural habitat’ extends throughout whole oceans, to the sea bed with live fish to hunt and an endless, diverse environment to explore using their echolocation skills. To call this an ‘ecological site’ is a contradiction. The dolphins at Dolphin Reef are not native to the Red Sea.”

    A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote:

    “The Dolphin reef tries to keep their reef as natural as possible to allow their inhabitants a normal dolphin life. You can swim with the dolphins and even scuba dive with them, but you need to make reservations ahead.”

    Another TripAdvisor reviewer wrote:

    “Dolphin Reef is part beach, part closed-off area with a floating dock and dolphin area. The dolphins used to be free to come and go (which I prefer and thought still happened), but harassment from boaters and tourists put an end to that. There are feedings five times per day and it’s up to the dolphins if they want to show up or not. People can pay to snorkel in the dolphin area.”

    Your thoughts on Dolphin Reef Eilat and Peter Greenberg’s claim that it is not a captive dolphin facility?

    • Based upon what you have written and what I read on their website, it appears to be a slightly slicker packaging of captivity, a marketing that makes people think that the dolphins are not captive, since it makes the claim, consistent with what aquariums say about dolphins and whales in concrete tanks, that they do not do anything that they choose not to. I say, bullfeathers. It is slick marketing and an insult anyone who is genuinely trying to find an experience that shows “unconditional mutual respect.” I find none of the three of those words present in this captive facility.

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