JANUARY 15, 2020: In this episode of the new ABC/Wired podcast, dolphin handler and trainer Michael Ewing shares his life-changing experience with a baby dolphin.
In this clip, Ewing is the first dolphin handler to be a mom.
“The thing that you notice about a baby is it has this incredible capacity for life,” he says.
“I can tell you from experience that the babies that I have been with are extremely playful, and they are a delight to be with.”
As a dolphin trainer, Ewings dolphin life is often intense and full of danger.
He says, “If I could go back and teach the dolphins to swim, I would do it.”
As Ewing works to train dolphins to learn to swim with people, he’s also learning to teach them about the human world.
“If we were able to teach the dolphin to swim through our world, we would have no idea what it was like to be human,” he said.
“It’s a really exciting thing.
And you never know what it’s going to do when it comes in front of us.”
Ewing also shares a story of a dolphin who is a naturalist, studying how fish use rocks and other materials to build their shells.
Ewing and his wife, Sarah, bought a house and are currently building a beach house.
But, because of the sea life in the area, they are now facing the challenge of removing the sand and debris that will eventually make their home uninhabitable.
“We are looking to have the beach completely replaced with rocks, and that’s a huge challenge for us because the sea is so high, so there’s so much material in the water,” Ewing said.
Ewing also says that when a dolphin goes out for a swim, it can often be a challenge for the handler to keep him or her safe.
“For me, it’s like, ‘This is the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,'” he said of his dolphin experience.
“And you just feel so blessed to be here.”
Ewes experience with the dolphins was different than that of his partner, who had to spend time with a group of dolphins and learn how to use their language to communicate.
But Ewys experience was similar to that of many other people who are new to the dolphin world.
He said that many of his friends have spent time with dolphins, and the people who have not have any experience with dolphins at all.
“You don’t see the dolphins, but they do have the ability to communicate,” Ewies said.
He adds that while people may not be used to interacting with dolphins in a real way, they can learn from it.
“So it is a really good thing for people to come in and see and interact with the animals and the dolphins,” Ewings said.