Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura, New Zealand
A few years ago, I went to the
Like Sachi said earlier, our goal is to be “in” something and not just watching from afar, like the
They suit you up in wetsuits and snorkel gear and take you out to the open ocean and drop you into the water near a pod of wild dolphins that often come investigate. For about an hour collectively, we were in the dolphin’s underwater world, watching them through our masks as they navigate just feet and sometimes inches from us. It was an indescribable feeling to see them appear out of the blue and swim by.
What struck us both was that, for a fleeting moment, you got a feeling of connectedness a dolphin or two. They would swim by and turn there body to make clear eye contact and sometimes keep that contact while circling you. As the dolphin encounter people said, we are sometimes entertainment for them, especially since we were ,coached to make “dolphin sounds” underwater, which I’m sure they found entertaining.
The Dusky Dolphins are quite acrobatic and a few theories as to why they jump are: To scratch their back (remove loose skin), attract a mate (they are very promiscuous by the way) or purely for fun.
The Dolphin Encounter company is highly regulated by the government and can only allow so many people into the water for so long, so many times a day. The dolphins, though surely not used to swimming with people, are well protected – something