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The Swimming Gorilla – Madeline

This is cutting edge improvisational blogging. We call it –

“Whose Blog is it Anyway ?” 2 – The Unanswerables

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Whose Blog is it Anyway? 2 – The Unanswerables

Why “The Unanswerables” ? Because the titles assigned to my guest improvisers don’t have an exact scientific answer or they are just zany and off the wall.

Do not expect fact here. Do not expect the truth here. This is creative writing for FUN, HUMOUR and for those with a SENSE OF HUMOUR. It’s cutting edge IMPROVISED blogging, not science weekly or the historian’s gazette.

The guest improvisers were assigned titles by me, and are therefore NOT necessarily experts or even actually FOR the topic they are writing about. They all did however “YES, AND” the challenge which is the spirit of improvisation and what we’re doing here.

We’re not interested in your critical appraisal, it simply isn’t required. It is in fact IRRELEVANT to the context of improvised, for fun creative writing. Stop taking yourselves so seriously.

So without further ado …


Her Eminence – The Wondrous And Completely Awesome Coordinator

Madeline approached me as a coordinator for the challenge. I wasn’t sure whether she’d go for the job, after I’d sent her the long list of what was needed. But she exceeded my expectations by saying “yes, and” and rose to the challenge marvellously. She has been extremely helpful.

Her efforts have mean’t that it’s been a relatively stress free experience putting the challenge together. Thank you Madeline, I’m very grateful for your help.

She is from what I understand a keen diver, like myself. I’m happy to have a new friend in my circles. And she decided last minute to enter an excellent guest improviser submission. Surprised me again, is there no end to this woman’s talents ?

So she’s now one of my guest improvisers too.

You can find Madeline at the Divers Who Want To Learn More blog.

Please give a warm welcome to Madeline.


Don Charisma Warning Improvised Writing Warning Improvised Writing

The Swimming Gorilla


My name is Madeline, I am a Master Scuba Diver, I love the sea and everything to do with the underwater world. I enjoy rock climbing, playing cricket, travelling, taking pictures and of course… blogging! 🙂


It’s not often you’ll see a gorilla swimming in a river, sea or pond. Actually, it’s extremely rare. Then again, how often is it that you have a gorilla watching you take a bath? You’ve probably never had a gorilla sing a duet with you in the shower either? Yes?! Oh sorry, that’s your husband. Here I’m talking about the lean, mean, gorilla machine.

Gorillas aren’t the strongest swimmers, in fact, they’re terrified of deep water. There have been several reports of gorillas drowning in captivity… Of course they’ll drown if you give them a 20m deep swimming pool to play in, with no shallow end!

I have a friend who isn’t a very confident swimmer and doesn’t like deep water, similar to gorillas. So when I switched ‘on’ my lateral thinking app in my brain, I came up with a great experiment to do on your husband… er gorilla.

In honour of America’s ‘dress up your pet day’, I bought a gorilla from the local zoo, placed him in shallow water and well… dressed him up.

The Swimming Gorilla
The Swimming Gorilla


After donning our equipment, we went on our dive. Although cautious at first about trusting the breathing ‘thingamajig’, our faithful and ever curious gorilla (now called Mergulus, Latin for diver) soon got the hang of the whole breathing underwater concept.

We had a great time on our dive, seeing the many beautiful and exotic things you can in England, a forest of kelp, plastic, Mc Donalds wrappers, we even found a copy of the local newspaper, all with a whopping 1 meter visibility!

With a bit of further training, well a LOT of further training, I think my gorilla friend, Mergulus, will be the best diving buddy you’ll be able to find by far, being trust worthy and will never judge you by your colour of mask or brand of flippers.

I think we should all take a page of Mergulus’ book; never judge a gorilla by his cover, because he may be the world’s first ever confident swimming gorilla.


First of all I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Don, without whom the above post would not even be in existence. Thank you also for having me as a coordinator, I have learnt a lot and have had a great time ‘backstage’.

Secondly I’d like to say thanks to the other amazing bloggers who have taken part in WBIIA 2. There hasn’t been a moment when I have regretted taking part as a coordinator, all the Unanswerables have been helpful, kind and replied to my emails extremely quickly, I have been able to meet some truly exceptional bloggers over the course of WBIIA 2 and I have truly enjoyed myself.

Thank you all! 🙂

BY Madeline, blogger extraordinaire at the Divers Who Want To Learn More blog.

Notes for commenters:

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DO NOT post outbound links in my comments whilst “Whose Blog is it Anyway? 2” is in progress.

Good manners are a mark of a charismatic person – so please keep comments civil, non-argumentative, constructive and related, or they will be moderated. If you feel you can’t comply, press the “unfollow” button and/or refrain from commenting.

I read ALL comments but can’t always reply. I will comment if I think there’s something that I can add to what you’ve said. I do delete without notice comments that don’t follow rules above. For persistent offenders I will ignore you permanently and/or report you.

Most decent people already know how to behave respectfully. Thank you for your co-operation on the above.

Warm regards, Don Charisma

34 thoughts on “The Swimming Gorilla – Madeline

  1. So chuffed to see a write of yours here Madeline! You are a star – thank again for jumping in to make things happen 😀 Such a lovely piece of writing you blessed us with too!

    1. Thanks Christopher, I’m sending you Mergulus’ brother in first class post right now, try him out for a week or two, he’s a great diver and makes the best pasta I’ve ever eaten! 😉

  2. I’m not the strongest or most confident swimmer, so the gorilla is just as intimidating to me in his diving get-up as his natural jungle habitat,
    Thankfully, my husband isn’t hairy enough to be a gorilla lol.
    Cute post, Madeline, and I appreciated your help during the submission process.

  3. Thank God there was clarification. For a moment there I thought that was an image of Don as a scuba diver.

    Living in Canada, I was about to be jealous of his ability to grow a beard. All over.

      1. Enjoying it, now that noon yoga torture is over. Have to go buy cross country skiis in a few minutes, so had time to check out Carol’s piece. We can use her bloomers as an improvised sail should we ever find ourselves lost at blogging sea, apparently.

      2. Sounds like fun, yoga’s good for you ?

        Skiis … I’d love to have a go, but never been the right time for me, and Thailand doesn’t have snow …

        Stay tuned there is more to come !

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