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Demon the dolphin

While I was writing Hope Bay I wanted to know what it felt like to touch a dolphin and to feel one surge up beneath you in the water. At Seaworld on the Gold Coast, Australia I was able to get into a special pool with a dolphin. I had mixed feelings doing this – ambilivant is the word. I was so excited to be in the water with the dolphin but I doubt he was so excited to be with me.


This is Demon. He is forty years old and was born in captivity in New South Wales. When the adventure park where he was born closed down he moved to Sea World.

There were six people or so in my group and we were told to swim out into the centre of the pool and bob (we had life jackets on). I was surprised that I felt scared to swim out into the pool. Demon swam so quickly and rushed past with such power. He was instructed to swim slowly past us so we could pat him or to surface and dive around us. Do you know what I did? Every time he came near me I’d speak to him. I’d say, “Hello Demon!” or “Aren’t you beautiful.” No one else spoke to him at all and to my surprise he kept coming back to me. He’d surface from below right in front of me and just float there. In the end the trainer had to order him off to the other people as well. So, there’s a hint for you if you ever find yourself swimming with a dolphin – chat.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cat #

    I think you’ve been lied to – according to the captive dolphin database, Demon, the dolphin is from the wild & was not born in captivity.

    March 27, 2011
  2. Gwen #

    It’s true, Demon was born in the wild and captured at just 5 years of age.

    Is Demon still at SeaWorld Australia?

    April 20, 2013
  3. Thank you, Cat and Gwen, for providing the right information about Demon. I don’t know if he’s still at Sea World. I am sorry that he was captured as a young dolphin and didn’t have the life he was born to. The same applies for dolphins born in captivity. At the time I had very mixed feelings swimming with Demon. Now, I wouldn’t do it.

    April 20, 2013

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