Thursday, January 10, 2013

Swimming with the Dolphins

  One of the highlights from our trip to Mexico back in December was swimming with the dolphins. This is something I've always wanted to do and I was SO excited when I found out it was offered at our resort! There were 8 of us that participated and we all got to go together.

I was so amazed at how smart the dolphins are. They learn by hand signals, so we were told to do certain things with our hands and the dolphin would act accordingly. Here are two examples of the dolphin following different hand signals. The dolphin knows to touch your hand(s), so where ever you have them, the dolphin will go. When I had one hand out, it reached up with its nose. And with two hands out, it reached up with its fins.

And when you cup your hands, the dolphin knows you want a kiss :) I was able to get a kiss from the dolphin and give it a kiss in return...too cute!
This was called "the clock" and the dolphin would put its nose in your hand and spin you around. Don't you love Jesse acting like a ballerina :)

The best part was getting to ride the dolphin! We swam out into the ocean (which was sectioned off) and the dolphin would swim to us and then flip over when it saw our hand. We just grabbed on and went for a ride.

If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend swimming with the dolphins. They are such amazing creatures and this was an amazing time!

19 comments:

Duni said...

What an amazing post! Dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures. Jesse as a ballerina - too funny! LOVE the kissing pics, so sweet :)
One day, I hope to be able to swim with dolphins...

FabricFascination said...

Great pictures, and what an experience! They must be taught to swim close to the surface while you are taking a ride. I notice that your hair didn't get wet :O)

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

This is SO cool! And all of the pictures turned out really well, you should definitely print a couple of them. So what do dolphins feel like? I've never touched one.

artisanallunwound said...

GREAT photos! Especially the one of you riding the dolphin. Thanks for sharing your cool experience with us!

BeadedTail said...

I enjoyed your photos! You look so happy! Jesse has the ballerina moves down pat! :)

My Hideaway said...

I've never swam with Dolphins - looks like fun. The kissing pic is so cute. :)

Abby / Linda said...

Oh my gosh! What an amazing thing! Riding with dolphins! Amazing pictures!!!! WOW! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed it, but I will live vicariously thru you, cuz you will never find me doing it! Not a water person.

Rose said...

What an amazing experience! I'm so glad that you were able to do this during your trip. Beautiful photos.

Additionsstyle said...

Wow, that looks like it was an amazing experience! Great photos.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

pasqueflower said...

What fun! Truly a memory for life!

Trina (Trina's Clay Creations) said...

So cool Edi! Love all of these photos, what fun and wonderful memories!! Looks like it was a perfect day to swim with the dolphins, and you look so happy! :)

We got to swim with the dolphins too, when we went to the Bahamas, and it was so much fun!! It was something I always wanted to do and I'll never forget it, very awesome!

Natasha Hoover said...

That's really cool. I see dolphins a lot at work, but I've never done a swimming with dolphins thing. Honestly, they might kind of freak me out! Dolphins can be really big. When I was surprised by a large sea turtle while snorkeling one day, I started trying to swim backwards to put some distance between us. I logically knew it wasn't going to hurt me, but it was a little unnerving, anyway.

Sheryl Hastings said...

What an incredible experience! You look like you are having the time of your life. I would love to do that someday!!!

Judy Nolan said...

You look like a pro, Edi! What an amazing experience that I'm sure you'll never forget!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Wonderful post and what an adventure! Loving that ballerina move :O

Miss Val's Creations said...

The photos are amazing Edi!!! What an amazing memory to bring back from Mexico. I told Jim when we visit his parents in Florida, swimming with the dolphins will be on our agenda!

Nancy said...

Wow, that's so neat! Looks like great fun!

2justByou said...

Aaaahhhh...This looks like SO much fun! These are great photos, and I thank you for sharing with us. I think it would definitely have been my favorite part of a trip. Amazing! Maybe some day I'll get the chance.
~Kim

Splendid Little Stars said...

How great that you got these wonderful pictures, Edi! It looks like you and Jesse are having so much fun!
very interesting about the hand signals.
I've never done this.....

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