Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rajah, Mila and Echo

Was woken up this morning to the sound of rain and lots of it. The best sound ever after such a long, hot dry spell. Could almost hear my garden heave a huge sigh of relief. Anyway it kept up for most of the day, so I decided to go with a photo that I took a few days ago at Sorrento Quay.  This is one of my favourite sculptures, the three dolphins Rajah, Mila and Echo had been an attraction at Atlantis which was an aquatic park at Yanchep. When it closed they tried unsuccessfully to rehabilitate them, so they were penned at the Marina and had a very happy time showing off  and even swimming with visitors and locals alike. I remember seeing them many times, they seemed happy, hopefully they were. It was very sad when they mysteriously died, they think that someone might have poisoned them, so tragic and cruel if that is actually what happened. The sculpture is atop a wishing well, when you put in a gold coin it does a complete turn, the money goes to Rotary and is used for several good causes. The link I've added is so interesting as it shows how they designed the sculpture from beginning to end (www.rotarydolphinshillarys.com.au). I chose this angle to show them as I think it looks like they are about to leap into the water. I hope you enjoy reading about them.

8 comments:

  1. Great photo and really interesting background on the sculpture!

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  2. As I scrolled to bring up the entire photo on my screen it appeared that you had captured live dolphins in a performance! Thanks for the links and the background story.

    Where I live we have many dolphins, some of which have struggled and died following the Gulf Oil Disaster. Many dolphins have washed up on the shores between Florida and east Texas (including Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana) but the government has not released the scientific analysis of the cause of death and whether it is related to the oil spill of a year ago.

    We love the dolphins here and if you are sailing in the Mobile Bay you will certainly have company in short order with the playful dolphins coming to the sound of the keel vibrating through the waters.

    Love this post!
    Genie

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  3. Thanks Genie, I'm not sure why but whenever I spot dolphins it always makes me feel happy.

    Have a great day
    Grace

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  4. Indeed, I agree with Genie and yourself. Dolphins are magical creatures.

    Welcome to the cDPB family, Grace. I missed your being a new blog which is unusual as I check regularly. I will add you to my side bar upon my return to Sydney in the next couple of days and visit regularly.

    I remember when my daughter was about 2 (thirty years ago) that we took her to Atlantis and she was totally blown away by some acrobats who simply flew through the air. I guess she liked the dolphins too, but the standout memory is of the trapeze artists. Than you for rekindling this memory for me.

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  5. Pleasure Julie, looking forward to keeping in touch.

    Grace

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  6. I love all the blues in this photo. I live near the real Sorrento and sometimes real dolphins are spotted in the bay!

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  7. Grace, love this shot. Will add your blog to my list. Rae

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  8. Thanks Nicki, My daughter and I visited the Amalfi Coast on a trip last year, what can I say except brilliant

    Thanks Rae, so good to hear from another Perth blogger, look forward to seeing your photos.

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