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Swimming with the Dolphins

If I had to guess I’d say most people have a “bucket list” of some kind. You know, that list of things you want to do or see and places you want to go before you die? My personal bucket list has varied a little bit here and there over the years, but one thing that has been at the top for as far back as I can remember was to swim with dolphins. I’m not exactly sure when the desire began, but I think it was a result of seeing characters in a T.V. show or movie. From that moment on I was hooked on the concept.

This past November while visiting the Cayman Islands for the very first time I finally got to cross this major item off my bucket list! A few days before the big day "Dolphin Day," I called Dolphin Discovery to make the reservation. *Before you do this be sure to talk to CCC’s wonderful concierge Georgette to see if she can hook you up with a discounted rate. ;)

We arrived on the island on Thursday and my reservation wasn’t until the following Tuesday afternoon. Every day we were in Cayman I had a new amazing experience, but I was still most looking forward to swimming with the dolphins.

When the day finally arrived I showed up not quite knowing what to expect but excited! Fortunately, my appointment was at the end of the day so while most encounters are in groups I got the dolphins all to myself!

After putting on my life jacket, I was greeted by a worker and escorted to the water where the trainer Ernesto and two male dolphins Cappie and Capirnico were waiting. Ernesto began explaining a bit about what makes dolphins unique and the work that Dolphin Discovery does training and helping to conserve dolphin life.

My first interaction with the dolphins was to pet them as they swam by. They were so soft and docile, I was immediately comfortable being around them.

Throughout my half an hour interaction I clapped, danced, splashed, kissed and hugged my new friends Cappie and Capirnico and finally towards the end the moment I had been waiting for came. I swam across the water to the other side of the pool and put my arms at each side as the dolphins swept me up and I rode across the water holding on to a dorsal fin in each hand! 

My experience at Dolphin Discovery was amazing and it was so great to finally get that bucket list item checked off. Although... I wouldn't be opposed to doing the whole thing all over again! 

A few interesting facts I learned about dolphins:

  1. Dolphins are so soft because they shed their skin every 2 hours!
  2. Dorsal fins located on the top of the dolphins have distinctive nicks and wear patterns that are unique to individual dolphins, just like a human fingerprint.
  3. Dolphins swim with their tails moving in an up and down motion, while sharks swim from side to side.

Tips for first timers:

  1. Bring your own beach towel to dry off after your swimming adventure.
  2. Dolphin Discovery does let you bring your own camera so someone in your group who is not swimming can capture all the memorable moments. However, they don't let you get super close because they provide a professional photographer who takes posed and candid pictures the entire time, too. You can view and choose your favorite images to purchase before you leave.
  3. If you brought a change of clothes or other personal items with you, lockers are provided free of charge.
  4. There are several different encounter packages to choose from based on the dolphin experience you want. Click here to find the best option for you and your group:  http://www.dolphindiscovery.com/grand-cayman/cayman-deals.asp  
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