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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Caribbean Adventure: Swimming With Dolphins In Cozumel, Mexico

Though our cruise only lasted a week, going on this adventure has given us a lifetime of incredibly memorable experiences. One of those incredible experiences being able to swim with, touch and ride the Bottle Nosed Dolphins in Cozumel, Mexico.

Thanks to getting a refund for not being able to do the snorkeling excursion in the sea beside St. Thomas, we were able to use that money for something my wife has always dreamed of doing... And that is being able to see and play with dolphins, up close and personal.

And we owe some of that thanks to Hurricane Earl. Click link for an explanation.

We could have picked a dozen other excursions to take the place of the snorkeling one but I knew how much this once-in-a-lifetime (for us, anyway) experience would mean to my wife and I convinced her to do this one.

DOLPHINARUS DOLPHIN PARK in Mexico

In the beginning of our great experience, six other folks and my wife and I were told to get in our bathing suits and take off any jewelry we were wearing. The instructors said the dolphins are attracted to shiny things and will try to pull them off of you. In other words, if you were wearing earrings, a nose ring or a nipple ring, they could tear one of them off, along with your flesh. Ouch!

The instructors also told us to NOT TOUCH the dolphins ON THE FACE. The instructors said they don't like it. They're sensitive that way and the instructors compared it to humans, generally not liking the touching of their faces. I know I fucking hate it when someone touches my face... Unless it leads to me getting some nookie. After the 3 instructors got us into the fifteen foot deep natural ocean water (see pics below), we were given a variety of hand and arm signals to learn to gesture to the dolphins to perform a particular trick or movement. With these signals, they sung, danced, leaped and allowed you to ride them in the water.

It was amazing.

The instructors told us many facts about dolphins. Such as:

Dolphins live up to 35 years in captivity. Only 7 or 8 years in their natural habitat.

Dolphins have 2 or 3 lines or slits underneath them and above their tail flippers. Three slits indicate it is a female. Each one has a different function. One for babies and intercourse. One for pooping. One for pissing. So now you know. But this doesn't mean you can go around fingering dolphins, pervert!

A dolphin will attempt to save you if they see you drowning in the middle of the water and they have also been know to fend off sharks from attacking human beings.

Dolphins are incredibly smart and have as many emotions as humans.

Dolphins our given only one set of teeth in their lifetime... unlike the shark.

The natural enemies of a dolphin are sharks, whales and unfortunately, human beings.

For an interesting article on how smart dolphins are, click this link after you're done here. When I asked the instructor if dolphins were smarter than human beings, he said that he thought they were more intelligent. He pointed out that dolphins don't create wars, pollute their own world and cause needless pain and destruction.

So, without further ado... Here are just some of the pictures of our fantastic experience with the dolphins, along with a few captions:

A more wider view of the Dolphinarus park, sitting in the ocean


One dolphin was female named Bina. She was a three year old Bottle Nosed Dolphin.

The other dolphin was a fifteen year old male named Seymour.




Not only were we being given rides by the dolphins (yes this is me, holding on for dear life) but we were able to touch their tongues, teeth and hold them. It was obvious they loved people. They would swim up against us, wanting contact and to be played with.


Bina and Seymour


Dolphinarus


This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us. We honestly never dreamed we would be able to get this close to dolphins and have that much time with them. I think we were there for over an hour and a half. The pictures taken by their photographers and the DVD of our time with the dolphins, that we bought, would be considered expensive by some folks. Not for us. The expense was well worth it and seeing the smile on my wife's face, while there, makes that sentiment set in concrete.

The dolphins are a very loving and intelligent species of marine creature. Very intuitive, as well. I won't forget them.

I'll be putting up more photos of our dolphin experience on Facebook later, if you want to check them out.

15 comments:

Gucci Mama said...

Um, A. I cannot CONCEIVE of why we are not facebook friends, goddammit.

Two - Those pictures are fabulous! You guys look like you had so much fun! I love the one of the dolphin kissing your wife's cheek - it's beautiful!

Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. So glad you got to do it!

Gorilla Bananas said...

20 years ago, a man got arrested for wanking a male dolphin near the British coast. I hope no one tried that where you went.

klahanie said...

Hey Kelly,
Brilliant stuff! Now, I'm not gonna' say something really stupid and probably very predictable like you have found your porpoise in life. I mean that wouldn't be very clever considering you have submitted some wonderful photos of yourself and your good lady swimming with those marvellous creatures that are remarkable and hell of a lot smarter than many a human I've met. Dolphins...fintastic!

Kelly said...

Gucci mama- Well now... we'll just have to fix that, won't we? Oops! I think I just farted and shit myself. Ah... oh well.

Thanks about the pics. Yeah, we had a blast. I love the picture you're referring to. Seeing her smile like that felt good.

I'm glad we got to do it, too. Take care and have a dandy day.

Kelly said...

Gorilla Bananas- So did the dolphin cum? Was there a marine creature money shot? Is it on YouTube? Nah, no one tried that where we went... but there was a little person blowing a dolphin.

Thanks for commenting. I'll return the favor.

Kelly said...

klahanie- Thanks, Gary. And porpoise? Fintastic? Oh God. You can't hear me right now but I'm groaning. Not like that, Gary.

Actually, I'm not that great with wordplay. My humor is usually runs dry with a measure of insanity with a side order of perverse creativity. Or something.

Glad ya liked the great photos. I wish I could take the credit for them. They didn't allow cameras there because they wanted to shoot the pics for a financial gain. In other words. You have to buy them there if you want them. Didn't matter to me, though.

We had a very exciting time at Dolphinarus. Being with the dolphins like that opens your eyes to a part of nature people hardly see and you appreciate it.

Take care. Sorry for the long-winded comment. Many greasy butt bubbles your way!

Gorilla Bananas said...

I don't think the dolphin ejaculated because it wasn't mentioned in the news report. People seemed to think the man had taken advantage of the dolphin's friendly nature, but I thought it takes two to tango.

The Wolf said...

Very cool stuff, I've never swam with dolphins before....always wanted to. I've heard they use them to help mentally handicapped kids or kids with autism becuase they can help their brains develop or something like that.

Either way glad you did it, that's something you won't forget for a very long time.

Kelly said...

Gorilla Bananas- Actually, I have heard of incidents where a dolphin was pushing against a female surfer or whoever and tried to mate with them. No kidding. If you care to, look that up on the net.

How would you like to be known as the guy famous for wankin' a dolphin? Geez.

Kelly said...

The Wolf- I haven't read that before, about helping handicapped kids, but I believe it. Dolphins sense when humans are troubled, in whatever way, and they seem eager to help. To me, it seemed like they were "smiling" and were happy when the group of us were in there with them. Of course, it could be wishful thinking.

Yeah, man, I think it will be something we'll never forget. I know I took a lot from the experience.

Layla Morgan Wilde said...

So glad I found your blog at BC. I loved all your cruise blog posts but this was my fave. I sailed on the QM2 but still haven't cavorted with dolphins. Lucky you!

Kelly said...

Layla, so glad that you're glad you found my blog. I thank you for checking out my cruise posts. I wonder how sailing on the Queen Mary 2 was. If you wanna, give me a detail or two.

Yeah, you're right on point there when you say I'm lucky to have swam with the dolphins. They did all kinds of tricks for us and seemed to really enjoy being around people.

I'll be visiting your blog now to leave a comment. That's just the way I roll. :)

bazza said...

Very interesting about dolphins and all. I'm off to follow those links now but I have to say: I can't believe you were only cruising for a week. I had supposed you were away for a month.
You lived a whole life on that boat!

Kelly said...

bazza- We packed a lot of activity into that one week. We basically did two excursions, visited three islands and saw as much and did as much on the actual ship as we possibly could.

That's why I had to do a series in order to adequately tell everyone what we did. And we did could easily fill a month's time instead of only 7 days. But it was more than worth the effort.

Yayhoo and pass the taters... and no, I don't know what that means.

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