dolphin paradise by © Karin  Taylor

an amazing true dolphin/shark story

A friend of mine Donnie Voelker who is a photographer here on redbuble, has this very scary/wonderful story to tell, about a shark attack, and how 4 friendly dolphins saved his life. Here is his amazing story, as told by him, and I must confess it’s one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever heard, thank you Donnie for allowing me to share:

“When I was 17, I was on vacation with my cousins in Stone Harbor, NJ. While learning how to body surf in the ocean I could see my cousins on the beach all pointing and waving at me. At first I thought they were pointing a big wave coming but when I looked there was nothing there. All of a sudden something under the water hit me so hard it felt like a train from the force. I was pushed sideways about 10’. It hit me 2 more times and the touch felt like a cats tongue. I realized a shark was stalking me and panicked. I was too far out to swim back quick enough so I thought of the worst and then it got much scarier. 4 dorsal fins came up out of the water and I was getting hit again but more like nudges instead hits. After being hit so many times I realized the shore was much much closer. I finally touched the ocean floor with my feet and swam as hard as I could to shore. My Uncle who was watching on the beach said that he believes 4 Dolphins saved me from a dinner entree for a Shark. So in a way, I feel like I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for those 4 dolphins.”


by karin taylor

wild blue wonderland
where sky and ocean meet
no urgency beyond the tide
moon all lunar and starry eyed
my light and guide
dolphin magics me aside
abide abide within the night
turn all else aside aside
alight, abide, ride on
the wide blue swell tonight
I miss you

I recently spent a week on Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, Australia, where the wild dolphins come in to feed every night and spend some time with the locals and the visitors who come to feed them. It’s magical…it’s healing…it’s special…I’ve never spent time in such a place as this, that’s meant so much to me. I love the dolphins. I miss them. Rani, Echo, Bessie, Bella, Nari, Phoenix, Storm, Shadow, Silhouette…see you again soon I hope xox

Thank you Ina, Chloe, Yuri and Jack for your wonderful insightful talks and assistance. You made our stay on Tangalooma a very enriching time, we were so enchanted by it all, we also loved Hamish, Doris, Bruce and the sugar gliders in the palm trees at night!

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  • sure2010
    sure2010about 3 years ago

    This is all Lovely Verse call & depiction

  • thank you so very much sure :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosabout 3 years ago

    very pretty…. :)

  • thank you very much Pam :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Donnie Voelker
    Donnie Voelkerabout 3 years ago

    Too S.W.E.E.T!!! I So Love your style Karen :) I do love dolphins too, If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today. Wonderful Creation my friend :) Donnie~

  • thank you so much for the lovely response Donnie, I’m very very intrigued and interested by what you said, to hear what the dolphins did for you? Why is it, you wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them?

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful and sweet. An adorable work of art. Love the poem too.

  • thanks so much Bunny, so glad you like it :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • adambogusz
    adamboguszabout 3 years ago

    lovely gentle piece Karin :)

  • thanks very much Adam ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendabout 3 years ago

    gorgeous work Karin.

  • thank you so much Cate! ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellabout 3 years ago

    beautiful work, Karin!

  • thank you very much Scott! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 3 years ago

    Awww, this is so sweet! I have always loved dolphins. xx

  • thank you so much Lori! so glad you love them too :) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work – the moon is glowing

  • thank you very much Kelly :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 3 years ago

    A loveable creation Karin, great work.

  • thanks so much Steve! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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