Everyone is familiar with the popular animated Disney movies such as Aladdin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White and throughout these movies there is always a common theme; that the majority of little girls are captivated by being a fairy tale princess. However, I secretly have to admit that I was not so interested in the “princess” part, but rather in the fact that these characters had a special connection with animals. I mean, how cool is it that Snow White could sit in the middle of a forest and miraculously animals of all shapes and sizes come out of the woods to be with her? How Princess Jasmin has a tiger that can understand her thoughts and emotions? Or how Cinderella has birds that helped her get dressed? I have found myself on numerous occasions, thinking I wish I could beckon animals with a song or befriend wild animals like in the fairy tales (which is probably why when I was a little girl, I dressed up in a Princess Jasmine costume to show my rabbit at a 4-H competition).
Now as I sit at the front of the patrol boat on Cocos Island eagerly awaiting the dolphins that sometimes come to play in the boats bubbles, I wish that I could magically translate to them that they are safe with me; that I would protect them; that I can share their world in harmony. I would want them to be my messengers to the entire undersea world and somehow teach them all about how to avoid being captured by fishing hooks. I would not mind staying on the ocean forever (even though I get seasick) if it meant I could save them, keep them company, and receive their trust. Just enjoying their presence, grace, and friendship would be enough for me.
Unfortunately, this kind of thing only exists in fairytales! Even still, I will try to make a difference and do everything I can to protect the animals that deserve our protection; otherwise it’s possible that in the near future we might only be seeing these magnificent animals in books and fairytales.
"The world can be a terrible place, not because of the bad things that happen, but because of the good people who stand by and let them happen" [Albert Einstein].
by Jessica Robinson