Too frightening for fish?
Under the distinctly punworthy headline A Flippin' Disgrace (don't worry, all will become clear in a moment), this week's Sunday People newspaper reported on the story of Victoria Osbourne, an 18-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who, whilst on holiday with her parents in the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh, visited a sealife attraction called Dolphinella. Here, the family had paid £600 for her to have a 30-minute swim with dolphins as a birthday treat.
Sadly - and unbelievably - just as Victoria was about to get into the water to do the old "communing with dolphins" bit, the marine instructor ordered her out, saying that the girl's condition would scare and upset the animals!
As a member of the animal kingdom myself, and having known a few dolphins in my time, I find this difficult to accept. Dolphins are friendly and very accepting creatures. Fear not, I shall be having a quiet word with some of them over the next few days to get their opinion on this matter.