Dolphin Interaction

Published: January 10th 2016
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Two days swimming alongside the dolphins at Dolphin Cay was an experience of a lifetime!

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Dolphin Adventure

Posing with Paolo, our Bottlenose Dolphin for the day.
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Dolphin Cay

The Dolphin Cay habitat at Atlantis is among the largest and most sophisticated marine habitats and animal rescue-rehabilitation facilities in the world. The first residents of Dolphin Cay were 16 rescued dolphins, who were swept to sea during Hurricane Katrina from their previous home at the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi.
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Dolphin Cay Habitat

The habitat contains nearly seven million gallons of sea water within three lagoons surrounded by a white sand beach.
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Waiting Our Turn

We decided to arrive early so that we could enjoy the sandy beach and watch the dolphins play.
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Suited Up!

Before jumping into the water, we all suited up...quite smexy!
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Iconic Pose

As we walked into the water, there were many dolphins swimming around. We were introduced to the dolphins we'd be interacting with. We were asked to stand where the trainer told us to, simply because the dolphins are VERY strong, fast, and PLAYFUL!
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Belly Rub

Each of us got an opportunity to interact with the dolphin in many ways.

As a reward for good behavior, we would give our dolphin a treat. Our dolphin got LOTS of treats!
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Dancing With Dolphins

On our second day with the dolphins, we went to the deeper pool. Our interactions were more close and personal. Katie enjoyed doing the Cha-Cha with Keiko (Paolo younger brother)

We even got close enough to hug and...

...and kiss them! Echo, pictured here with Patrick, is one of the original dolphins that were rescued from Hurricane Katrina
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Dolphin Power

But the excitement didn't end there. We not only swam alongside our dolphin friends, but we also got to feel their speed and agility as they pushed us through the water at speeds we never imagined!
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The Rush of a "foot push"

I don't know who screamed louder (in delight!). Grandma or Nancy!
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Dolphin Fun

Spending two days learning about the bottlenose dolphins and being able to interact with them was truly wonderful; leaving us with life-long memories.

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