This is Bella,
She was born July 11th 2005
and is a Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)
This is my daughter Madeleine, who was given this wonderful experience by her grandparents as a Christmas gift whilst she was visiting them.
The Pet Porpoise Pool is located in Coffs Harbour, NSW. Australia
It is the place where myself and my daughter were born.
On Boxing Day 1970 the marine park opened as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for native marine animals.
The park only houses marine animals that have been hurt or injured. After being rehabilitated they are released back into the waters off the coast of Coffs Harbour. The few that can't be rehomed are settled into the park.
I myself have unsettled feelings about animals being kept for human amusement, but growing up with the marine park in my town I know of the environmental goodwill that they have achieved. The future holds planning for a marine animal hospital and I wish them luck with their endeavour.