Sunday, May 31, 2015

{Vacation Journal} Swimming With Dolphins, Wading with theTurtles

Since this experience has been a hope and dream of Euly's for a very long time, I'll let her narrate this day:
Swimming with the dolphins
(Reluctantly) by Euly
I swam with dolphins. It was really fun. They make weird noises and feel weird.  Like a wet hot dog.
We went to this place...
Met these people...

I was four when I was first interested in dolphins, almost ten years ago.
I like the ocean. 
They are mammals of the sea.

I saw dolphins before at aquariums we visited over the years.
Saw one with a friend of my dad's in the ocean years ago. At Sea World where they coordinated dancing with gymnast swimmers and at the Texas aquarium I was able to visit trainers after a show.

When I knew we were go to the Caymans I asked if there was a place to swim with dolphins. 

I want to work with dolphins when I grow up, possibly as a trainer.

When we arrived, they told us what to do, then they took photos to remember moment.

Then we went to a big ocean water pool with two dolphins
Lucky and Luna
Luna is 34 and lucky is 2 1/2.
Luna bigger more scratched up dull teeth. Lucky was more excited and hyper than Luna who was laid back.

Initially trainers have us meet the dolphins.
Then the trainers had Ceci swim out for a ride back with dolphins.
She first didn't understand she was to put hands on each dolphin's fin to ride back, and rode back with one. The trainers had her another try and she rode it.

The whole experience wasn't scary, just weird.
Echolocation to help steer them around your body to push through the water. So they found a small point on my foot to push me along through the water.

We also had the trainers come talk to us at the hotel and we discussed all aspects of dolphin behavior. Swimming with the dolphins was one of my favorite of the trip, the whole trip was great.

Wading with the Turtles
When Columbus discovered the Islands now called the Cayman Islands, he named the bay Tortuga Bay in honor of all the turtle life on the island.

One day the girls had ridden bikes to the end of the island, but didn't want to spend the money to go to the turtle farm. Since its across the street from the dolphin park, I treated them to a visit.
Turtles have been Molly's all time favorite animal, but all four have a special place in the hearts for these animals.
Turtles were the theme of the week. Howard, the hotel doorman, gave us each toy turtles practically every time he saw us. There were turtles in courtyard of hotel the kids got to feed.
We were almost the only visitors at the turtle farm when we visited. An employee, Andrew, encouraged the girls to pet, feed, then swim with the baby turtles. When the turtles seem anxious, he taught them to pet under their chins to calm them. If they were happy they swam backwards or put their fins behind their backs, er .. shells. 
As you can see, a delightful experience.


  1. Beautiful photos, lovely accounts, and your most generous heart to share them! Thank you! My daughter who is in college just wrapped up her second semester, and we are SO looking forward to a trip to the beach.

  2. Euly
    That is an experience you will never, ever forget!!

    Oh and to swim with the turtles too!

  3. The turtles!!! I'd love to see that and do that! What fun experiences...memories of a lifetime!