Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 66: Tried to Save Dolphins From Poor Conditions

One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is when my grandfather took me to swim with dolphins in a cove near Cancun, Mexico. Dolphins were my favorite animal growing up, and I couldn't believe that I would have the opportunity to swim with them. Holding on to their fins and allowing them to take me through the water was an incredible feeling, one that I will never forget. Not long after that trip, I lost my grandfather, but luckily he is always there when I remember our time swimming with the dolphins.

The dolphins that I swam with were wild dolphins that swam freely in and out of the cove into the Gulf of Mexico. Wild dolphins swim up to 40 miles per day in the wild, and need that sort of freedom to be healthy and survive. Unfortunately, for 2 dolphins named Sad and Lonely in Japan, that freedom is unattainable in their 24 x 24 foot tank. There is a movement to get these dolphins freed from their horrible conditions so that they may survive freely in the wild. Today, as my random act of kindness, I chose to sign a petition to free Sad and Lonely from the world's smallest dolphin tank. My hope is that enough people can sign this to free the dolphins back into the wild. If you get a chance, please sign the petition.


  1. Good idea. I subscribe to Care 2 but have not gone on their site for awhile.

  2. My dream is to swim with dolphins. Lucky you :)
    I'm definitely signing this :)


  3. Thank you for sharing the link. I did the online signing and am glad to be a part of this project.

  4. Dear Ryan,
    I just came to your blog for the first time because Arleen, a fellow blogger, linked your site in her posting. How inspiring is the journey you've set for yourself--a year of acts of random kindness. I've looked through your past postings and I'm so awed by what you've done. I'm joining you in this.
    Thank you for reminding that changing the world begins with one.


  5. I just signed it.
    It truly is inspirational to read about your acts of kindness each day.

  6. I signed the petition. I have always been fascinated by dolphins and would love to swim with them. I remember writing a research paper in college and I was amazed at the intelligence they have and the complex communication system.

  7. I found a quote today on Facebook that really made me think of your random acts. Here's the quote:

    "Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts."

    Nice job!

  8. Thank you for sharing this experience, and for this and all of your acts of kindness. I have similar fondness for Dolphins, which came about as a result of a report I did as an assignment in 6th grade. The report wasn't overly special, but the fact that my dad helped me with my research - even buying a set of encyclopedia for me, which we couldn't afford - is what made dolphins special.

    I gladly join you in signing this petition, and thank you once again for proving that a single voice in the wilderness can be a guiding force.

  9. I love dolphins. Your posts are very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your quest to spread kindness. I, among a lot of others I'm sure, will follow in your footsteps to create kindness of our own.

    Love and light to you.

  10. Ryan, thankyou for highlighting the plight of Sad and Lonely. A truly awful and heartbreaking story of cruelty and ignorance. I campaign for animal rights but this was the first I knew of this story and of the CARE2 petitionsite. I am so grateful that you have bought it to my attention.
    Keep inspiring us!