We had a wonderful morning with Eduardo in the Bay watching what appeared to be probably at least 20 dolphins over the course of the morning, in groups of 2 to 8 at any one time, swimming in the vicinity of the boat, and at times just next to the bow.
The morning began with a short presentation on marine mammals and dolphins. I appreciated the educational aspects of this presentation, including the instructions on appropriate guidance for interacting with wild animals (i.e. observe and don't touch, and no feeding, with explanations as to why this is important). This presentation demonstrated the respect Wildlife Connections had for the dolphins they studied and responsible ecotourism. Through the presentation, we also learned of Wildlife Connection's longstanding (14 year) commitment to studying and protecting the dolphins in the Bay.
When in the boat, it wasn't long before we started seeing dolphins swimming nearby. Occasionally some of them would jump out of the water, and we were told that they were feeding.
It was a cold morning, but I was encouraged to get in the water. The cold water had me swimming fast, and with my head down (I am told), I missed seeing a dolphin swim right past me. A few swims later, I jumped in and swam right next to two dolphins as they swam past. Later that morning I had what was the most amazing peak experience.
Eduardo said, dolphins are smart creatures and need to find you interesting. If you are swimming too slowly, they won't find you interesting: you also need to be underwater. Hence I was to swim out away from the boat fast, and stay underwater.
Following Eduardo's instructions, I swam hard out away from the boat, and swam fast, in the general direction of a few dolphins. I then ducked dived under water and held my breath. A dolphin came up and swam in a close circle around me, seemingly not more than 0.5 to 1 meter away. As it did so it watched with the dolphin "smile," it squeeled/squeeked - seemingly at me, but It may have been communicating with other dolphins. I held my breath, then bursting for air, had to surface, and dive down again, which I did a few times, before another dolphin joined the first and continued circling around me.
This was the most delightful precious experience, made all the more wonderful because these were wild dolphins, unconfined, and not fed, who came up near me because they were curious, and swam away when they had had enough. Really a privilege to be able to be there.
Later still, we watched from the boat as a baby dolphin jumped high out of the water four times !
Overall the experience was excellent. We would definitely go back ! In fact, we appreciated Wildlife Connection's approach to wildlife so much that the next day we went out with them on their birdwatching tour.
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