Cavorts With Dolphins...
6, 1998. I am currently in Paihia which is part
of the Bay of Islands which is in the Northland
territory of New Zealand.
already my birthday here, even though it's still
the 6th on your side of the world, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO ME!!! In order to bring in my 29th year on
a good note, I treated myself to an amazing adventure
- I swam with wild dolphins in the Bay of Islands.
Although it is winter, this area stays relatively
warm, �relative� being the key word here. To me,
it's still pretty dad-gum cold. I had to buy extra
long underwear and everything.
this morning I went out on a trip designed to
see and possibly swim with dolphins. The operators
give us the spiel -- dolphins are wild, they are
not fed, there is no guarantee they will have
any interest in us at all or that we will even
find any, but...the chances are pretty good because
there are a lot of them out here.
We're off. We sight a pod within an hour of departure.
They are feeding so we can only watch as they
rise up and dive back below, jump occasionally
and play toss with some unlucky fish. It was so
beautiful to see them in the wild. After an hour
or so, the guide deemed that it was now O.K. to
jump in and swim with them as they were no longer
feeding. Let me just tell you what an amazing
experience this was! Let me also just tell you
how incredibly COLD it was! Wet suits helped and
the pure rush of adrenaline couldn't have hurt,
but the water was registering at around 50 degrees
or so. Brrrrr! Anyway, you would hear the dolphins
before you could see them - a high pitched whistle
sound - and then suddenly they were right next
to you! Maybe 3 feet away! They would swim in
circles around you and dive out of the water next
to you and roll over and look at you curiously.
They are the most beautiful things I've ever seen
and it was truly an awesome gift to have been
in the water with them. I will never forget it!
Kodie K. is on a year's sabbatical tasting
the wonders of the world. This exuberant journey
woman hails from San Antonio, Texas where she
is a secondary school teacher and a singer in
a band. She booked her dolphin adventure with
Dolphin Discoveries (cost approx. $70.00) Bravo,