“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
I have loved the ocean since I was small… I just love water! Being a scuba diver has allowed me to do something that most people have on their bucket list. In fact, it’s on many lists of things to do before you turn twenty…thirty…forty…
Have you swum with dolphins?
I started diving when I was fifteen years old (Check out Where it all began) and even though I have chased dolphins, seen them from shores and boats, I have seen them at 18 metres and on the surface. It never ceases to amaze me! See Padi’s Fascinating Dolphin Facts for some great facts about dolphins!
This is a short video from my most recent viewing of dolphins in the wild. Check out that camera work! Trying to follow the pod while recording, and remembering to breathe was difficult but worth every minute! They hung around a little while even with the babies in tow. I keep watching this and thinking how close I was!
I loved it!
I get a thrill whenever we are out on a boat and see dolphins! I don’t even have to get in the water to watch them and be awed! Seeing dolphins in the wild is a great treat in any ocean!
However, you must be careful not to get too close!
Something I always look out for when choosing a dolphin tour is how visible their rules and regulations are and how close they are to the international rules and regulations.
The dive group I was with are very good at viewing the pod and getting close but never touching or trying to interfere with them! Most countries have rules about dolphin/ marine animal interactions and all dive companies have their own rules and regulations about diving or snorkelling with dolphins. These rules are in place in order to protect dolphins/ whales and other marine creatures from harm.
Diving or snorkelling with wild dolphins is amazing when you get the chance. However, you must remember:
- Never try to touch the dolphins
- Stay away from the young
- Limit surface splashing and shouting
- Float or hover in the water and allow the dolphins to come and go as they please.
- Do not feed the dolphins
I would recommend swimming with wild dolphins, it’s more natural and a great way to see dolphins interact naturally even if they don’t hang around too long!
So if it is not already on your bucket list – ADD IT!
If you are looking to book a tour or want to check out the best time to see dolphins Responsible Travel’s Guide.
Got a story about seeing dolphins in the wild? Let me know in the comments!
“The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
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