Everyone has heard about Poseidon, the Greek god of water, but few probably know about his pet, Aqua, his golden dolphin. On Poseidon’s 21st birthday, Aqua was given to Poseidon as a gift from Aqua’s parents after Poseidon saved Aqua’s father from a shark attack. At first, Poseidon only valued Aqua for his golden skin, but over the years, Poseidon and Aqua became good friends. However, Poseidon always forbade Aqua from going to the sea’s surface. Poseidon feared Aqua would be a coveted prize to whalers due to his golden skin. Poseidon had a spell placed upon Aqua so that he could live underwater permanently.
One day, several years later, Aqua was swimming about and watching some younger dolphins when they all suddenly swam up to the surface. Even though he knew he was forbidden to swim to the surface, his curiosity of what was beyond the sea overcame him. So, following the others he slowly floated to the top. Just as he caught a peek of the crystal blue sky, something yanked him back down by his tail. It was Poseidon obviously furious with him. Poseidon reminded Aqua of the dangers for him of the surface of the sea. Poseidon ordered Aqua to stay within the palace grounds and not to venture up to the surface ever again. From that day on, Aqua’s glimpse of the surface was always in his thoughts. His temptation to see what was beyond grew stronger than his desire to obey Poseidon.
Early one morning, Aqua snuck out of the palace while everyone else slept. He made his way through the sea where the glistening rays of the sun enticed him towards the surface. As he neared the surface, Aqua saw a dark shadow upon the water. He rose out of the water and spotted a large whaler’s boat. Suddenly he felt a sharp pain in his back and a warm gush of blood surrounded him. Frantically, he floundered about trying to release the harpoon from his back. The harpoon snapped off of the rope and Aqua sank down into the sea. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw his friend, Poseidon, swimming rapidly towards him. Poseidon caught Aqua, and as Aqua apologized to Poseidon for disobeying, he breathed his last breath and died.
Poseidon’s anger at the loss of his friend made him seek revenge against the whalers. With Aqua’s body still in his arms, Poseidon leaped out of the water with such force that he created a tsunami and killed all of the whalers. To this day it is said that when a tsunami occurs it is Poseidon expressing his grief and anger over the loss of Aqua.