How about swimming with dolphins for an amazing experience? If you are seeking to give your family an experience they will always remember, then you can never beat a dolphin encounter. Many people would put that right at the top of their list.
You can certainly find captive dolphin encounters at a variety of aquariums and dolphinariums across America. The best opportunities which always prove uniquely awesome for their human/ animal interaction, are available in tropical and sub-tropical destinations such as Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. These locations pride themselves for providing a consistently high quality educational and interactive captive dolphin experience.
Swimming with Dolphins: The Potentially Life-Changing Experience in More Detail
For families with dolphin-loving members and a trip to Orlando planned, a visit to one of the venues which advertises that they offer swimming with dolphins is a must. In the best of the available experiences offered the duty trainer joins you in your contact period with the dolphin. It may also be part of the experience for the participant to follow a marine mammalian keeper or expert, as they carry out their daily duties with these delightful, and friendly mammals in the venue.
Most people love to learn all about dolphin behavior and communication. They are interested in how they are trained, and love to be present during feeding. There may be an opportunity to assist with feeding as well. However, the true highlight is always the dolphin interaction period. It may be of about 30-minutes duration.
This may include the biggest thrill of all. An exciting dorsal fin ride around the tank. Some venues also offer the chance to attempt the double-foot-push maneuver. That’s where two dolphins push you along on the water. Finally, but very much sought after by most families, is an agenda that also includes a private photographic opportunity with the two dolphins.
Typical Dolphin Swimming Age Limits and Requirements
A lower age limit applies and at most dolphinariums, children must be a minimum of six years old to be allowed to swim with dolphins. In addition, as you might expect, it is normal for there to be a requirement that children between the ages 6 and 12 must be accompanied by a paying-adult who is also a participant in the “swimming with dolphins”, experience.
The Close Dolphin Contact from Beneath Water - Alternative
Some people will find the full swimming experience, too daunting, or too expensive. Something which is very enjoyable is to walk through one of the increasing number of aquariums which provide tunnels through the water beneath a dolphinarium.
It’s as close to an underwater experience as you can get without being in the water. The walk is often described as an underwater walking tour. For some you will be wearing a dive helmet, for increased realism.
The Stark, and Possibly Cruel, Downside to Close Captive Dolphin Contact
Swimming with dolphins, and other experiences in which interacting with dolphins is offered in captivity, is rising in popularity. But, the sad fact is that although there is seldom, if ever, any intentional cruelty taking place, most of those people that engage in these activities would probably not wish to do so if they were aware of the problems which occur.
Many studies have shown that the surroundings and the behavior sought from the dolphins is far removed from their natural lives. Dolphins are intelligent as easily stressed as a result. The negative impact on the dolphins involved, is real and unavoidable.
Interacting with wild/ semi-tamed dolphins at a marine park or aquarium/ dolphinarium may seem to be fun for them. There is no denying that as humans there is something deeply meaningful in communicating with another species of such intelligence and presence.
But there is a commercial motive to running dolphin shows, and private group experiences, which runs against full transparency. The harsh reality is hidden from sight. People that pay for their captive dolphin experiences just don’t realize that these captive dolphins are living under great strain. They have a stressful time, despite the care lavished upon them.
The evidence is there for anyone that looks, because their lives are often greatly shortened by captivity. The dolphins who were born in captivity have it the easiest. What is not publicized is the fact that many are only there because they been captured and taken from their families in the wild. It would be incomparably better if people would limit their swimming with dolphins to the rare opportunities which do exist with chance encounters in the open sea.