Friday Fictioneers Story about Dolphin in Lake Ontario

Dolphin Escapes Marineland: Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers
Photo Prompt for Friday Fictioneers courtesy of Jean L. Hays

Misty looked out at the early morning fog.  The lake moved in tones of grey and blue, undulant, rolling, reciprocating the peace she sought. The cozy blanket soft around her shoulders. Hands wrapped around the warm ceramic of her coffee cup.

In the distance, out of the water rose an unusual figure. A dolphin?  In Lake Ontario? That can’t be possible. 

She rubbed her eyes, walked back to the house, and picked up her phone to deal with the daily messages.  There she saw the notification. The news headline blazed on her screen.


100 words.

Unlike the last time, this story is pure fiction, though I wish it were true.

Marineland is a famous attraction in Niagara. I have been to it several times on school trips with my children when they were young. Since then I’ve educated myself on the unethical trapping and storing of large sea life for public entertainment. It’s a filthy business.


Friday Fictioneers is a place for flash fiction brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Visit Rochelle’s site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


21 thoughts on “Dolphin Escapes Marineland: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Every time I’ve seen a sea-life show, I’ve wondered if animals know they are trapped, and if they wish to be free. Do animals even process such things? I don’t know. I just know that along with the amazement of seeing the work of the trainers, I wonder if the animals would accept the offer of freedom.


  2. This prompted me to google whether dolphins could live in freshwater, and indeed there are some species that ONLY live in freshwater. Thanks for being the prompt to widen my knowledge. Liked your story.

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  3. I adored my once in a lifetime trip to SeaWorld when I was a kid, seeing the Orca led to a lifelong fascination with them. And then I learned about the capture and treatment of them in captivity. Thankfully these parks are coming to an end now.

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    1. You’re right Iain. I too enjoyed the experience with my kids, but in time things change as we learn more about the behind the scenes actions taken for the enjoyment of humans. I don’t have the answers, but I am glad these types of places are closing. As always, appreciate you reading and commenting.

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