February 8, 2023
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Tres Hombres

The Dance of the Dolphins (Susanne Gwilt)

Do you know the calendars with large photos for each month?
These contain colorful photos of spectacular landscapes, cute animals or romantic motifs. Surprisingly often, calendars are filled with photos of dolphins.

I often wondered: Why dolphins in particular? It doesn't matter whether they're leaping into the dramatic red-hued sunset, whether they're diving through the blue waters or guiding the ship at her bow, people seem to like them so much that they enjoy seeing a new photo of dolphins every month.

I hadn't seen any dolphins yet when I came to the Tres, but it was an incredibly intense experience. We seemed to meet them on the same level.
Suddenly this group of dolphins seemed to follow the ship for a while. The wet, shiny bodies slid close beneath the surface. Here and there a dolphin's tenderly curved triangular fin cut the glittering sea, just for a moment, until they faded again into greenish shimmering shadows in the water.
There is no gravity as they slide from side to side under Tres' keel. Without sound, they shoot through the water like shapely arrows, using all three dimensions to pass each other. Often there is no more than a hand's breadth of space between them, but they never collide. They follow the Tres easily. Always dancing around her bow with changing choreographies. Sometimes there are two or three of them, sometimes they are alone. Their path comes together and then they part again, constantly crossing and curving around each other and the ship.
There are no rules for their actions. No laws or plans dictate their movements, even though they seem to dance to a silent melody. Is it perhaps the melody of the waves, the wind and the current? Music that we humans can hear and that certainly moves us, but that we do not know. It is as if we encounter the music of a foreign culture, which touches and fascinates us and which we can study until we know it very well, but it never becomes as intuitive to us as someone who grew up in this culture.

We dance with the Tres over the waves, and we adapt to the music of the sea, but we remain strangers in an element in which we cannot survive alone. Dolphins, on the other hand, are at home in this element. We, humans, look at them in their natural environment. We see them jump high out of the water as if there is no gravity and the next moment disappear in the wash of a wave. There is no difficulty in following the entire dimension of that wide blue. Dolphins seem to be one with the water that surrounds them.
Maybe that's why we humans find it so fascinating: They naturally inhabit the sea. Don't dolphins symbolize the gentle flow that a simple life, governed only by the law of natural forces, brings, guided by a melody of nature that we humans have not heard for a long time in our element because we ourselves make so much noise? to make????


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