Recently, an esteemed photographer in St. Augustine, Florida, forwarded an e-mail to the MUSEologies Studio depicting "Pinky."  In case you haven't seen this post floating through cyberspace, we are delighted to profile this magnificent pink albino bottle-nose dolphin. 

First spotted in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary in Louisiana, by boat captian Erik Rue in 2007; the distinctive dolphin has been seen by Captain Rue several times.  Nicknamed "Pinky", the dolphin is usually spotted with its dark grey mother.  "Pinky" is believed to be the only pink dolphin in the world and has 'reddish' eyes.

Several posts ago, we shared the Native American concept of Animal Medicine.  It seems an appropriate time to re-post, pause, and breathe in the AWE-inspiring wonder of Nature.


Native Americans believe that Dolphins are the keepers of the sacred breath of life.

If you have ever watched a Dolphin swim, you will observe a beautiful rhythm as they move through the water and breathe before submerging; then holding their breath for the duration while underwater. When Dolphins resurface, they will blow out their breath in a manner which sounds like the popping of a cork. Humans can learn much from this technique; as a ‘popping’ forceful exhale is a terrific remedy for releasing stress and tension.

Dolphin is a messenger of Manna or the life force which exists in every material particle of energy. Some relate this to the Great Spirit’s essence. Dolphin teaches us to use Manna or energy through breath; revitalizing and healing each organ and cell.  There is a Native American story describing the power of Dolphin.

In Jamie Sams and David Carson’s book Medicine Cards they share their interpretation,

Dolphin was traveling the oceans one day as Grandmother Moon was weaving the patterns of the tides. Grandmother Moon asked Dolphin to learn her rhythms so that he could open his female side to her silvery light. Dolphin began to swim to the rhythm of her tide weaving, and learned to breathe in a new way. As Dolphin continued to use this new rhythm, he entered the Dreamtime. This reality was a new and different place from the seas he had known.

Dolphin came to discover underwater cities in the Dreamtime and was given the gift of the primordial tongue. This new language was the sound-language…Dolphin learned that all communication was pattern and rhythm and that the new aspect of communication was sound; he carries this original pattern to this day.

Dolphin returned to the ocean of the Great Mother and was very sad until Whale came by and told Dolphin that he could return to be a messenger to the Dreamtime dwellers anytime he felt the rhythm and used his breath. Dolphin was given a new job. He became the carrier of messages of our progress. The Dreamtime dwellers were curious about the children of Earth and wanted us to grow to be at one with Great Spirit. Dolphin was to be the link.”

Next time you see a Dolphin, remember he is a symbol; representing the gift of AIR and your ability to BREATHE! Now…close your eyes…and take three, slow belly-deep breathes. Breathe in slowly through your nose. “POP” a forceful breath out through your mouth. ONE MORE TIME!

Don’t forget…when you have the chance, swim with dolphins!


Patricia J. Mosca said...

And YOU have had the wonderful adventure of swimming with them...
So jealous....On the SOME DAY list!

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