We gazed into one another’s eyes and felt something special was going on. He advanced closer, as did I. My body moved side to side with the beat of the rhythm playing from a nearby thatched-roof bar. We danced slowly with my arms spread out wide. It was awkward at first, but with our bodies close, familiarity set in. I didn’t want to rush it because I was in unfamiliar waters. This was my first time. Our dancing stopped, and I wrapped my arms around his body. I squeezed him tighter than I expected. He let out a squeal, letting me know that maybe that was enough. I released him, but he wasn’t ready to go. We lingered to beam at one another, and as I turned my head, a lengthy kiss lingered on my cheek. Looking at me for a reply, I returned the favor. Then, within seconds, Nico was gone.
Then he leaped back up and splashed around, causing smelly fish water to drip down my face.
We arrived at the Dolphin Discovery and my kids were super excited. Dutiful employees provided instructions on how to use sign language with the dolphins and some history of the organization’s work to protect dolphins in the wild and how they treat dolphins.
My youngest two were too short to swim with the dolphins, but they could stand with me on a ledge in the water. Since everyone wore life jackets, the kids floated next to me while I held onto them. There were 10 people in our group and one by one, the dolphin came by to entertain us. My youngest daughter was over the moon by being in the water with the dolphin. She talks about her Dolphin Discovery to random strangers all the time.
For those with kids that can’t get enough of Dolphin Tale or love dolphins, Dolphin Discovery are at many ports in the Caribbean. Many cruises offer Dolphin Encounter experiences, but you don’t need to book through a cruise line. Often, you can get a bigger discount by booking through the Dolphin Discovery website. So, if you’re in the Caribbean on a cruise or staying put on vacation, check out Dolphin Discovery. It will be a memory that lasts forever.
Beware though, those dolphins will lead you on, then leave you behind. Don’t get too attached.
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