Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Cayman Islands - Swimming With The Dolphins

No trip to a tropical island like Grand Cayman would be complete without swimming with the dolphins

The Bottlenose Dolphin is an amazing creature, they learn tricks easily, aren't picky about what type of fish they eat and love people, they can also swim up to 60 mph. They have awesome eyesight but in the dark murky ocean they can't see that well, so to find there food they use echolocation. Echolocation is when the dolphins make a noise and bounces from the fish back to the dolphin. The dolphin who made the echolocation is the only dolphin who can tell what type of fish they hit, the fishes size, how far away and how long it will take to get to the fish.

At  Dolphin Discovery you don't just swim with the dolphins you can get a chance to be like a dolphin's trainer. You learn how to hug and kiss the dolphin, how to feed them and how to play with them.

The dolphins love to be pet just as much as I love petting them. When a trainer pets the dolphin its a reward for doing tricks. The trainer can communicate with the dolphin through hand motions and a high pitched whistle. I learned the hand motions make to the dolphins splash and eek. I also held onto two dolphin's dorsal fins and they pulled me through the water. We also did a trick called the toe push where two dolphins pushed on the flats of my feet so that when they started pushing me, I flew through the air. When we finished our tricks the dolphins and I had a splash fight, gave me kisses and I hugged them. 

I really like the dolphins, I hope they liked me as much as I liked them. 


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