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WILD DOLPHIN ENCOUNTERS

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Truly the best wild dolphin encounters in the world. No other location or operation come close to the quality or quantity of wild dolphin interaction.

There is a very special group of Atlantic spotted dolphin living on the edge of the Bahama Banks. These dolphins have developed a unique bond with the humans. A voluntary relationship based on play and curiosity has developed over the years, never reinforced with hand- feeding or training. This has given us the chance to learn from the dolphins in their world and on their terms.

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Spotted Dolphins are fun loving sea mammals that are intelligent, friendly, and playful. Interacting with these wild dolphin is spiritually communicating with a highly intelligent being using body language. Possible they have been trying to interact with humans for centuries, but it has been only in the past few decades that humans have started to look at them as intelligent complex individuals.

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So, what is it like to swim with a wild dolphin? In a word - incredible! For many people it is a very personal event, for some it can be a life-changing experience. There is very little doubt when you look into a dolphin’s eye there is someone intelligent looking back. In the water you can hear the dolphins communicating with whistles and echolocating with clicks and a humming sound you can feel as a tingling sensation. Graceful, fast and highly maneuverable, they are perfectly adapted to their liquid environment.

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A young wild dolphin comes racing in to ride the bow wave of the Dolphin Dream. Dolphins of all ages like to ride the pressure waves that are created by the bow of a moving vessel. We go to the bow in anticipation to see who it is. Scott identified them as Notcho a young mother and Hali her two year old female calf. We go to the back deck and put on our masks, fins, and snorkels. Captain Robin stops the boat and we jump in to see if our friends want to play. The two dolphins come swimming excitedly around us. Then you make a free dive down to the white sand with the dolphins. During the trios decent Notcho picks up a strand of seaweed with her tail and drops it in front of you. Then you pick it up and carry it a little way then drop it. Hali comes over and picks it up on her dorsal fin, she has it for a while then it's Notcho's turn again. They were playing pass the seaweed game with you.

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Snorkeling and free diving during wild dolphin encounters you glide along side by side. Mimicking each others moves. A few of them will instigate tactile interaction with humans. They will rub along side of you or touch you with a fin. Some of these enjoy a gentle rub. Most of the dolphin prefers if you swim with your arms down at your sides and not reaching out for them. So they can swim shoulder to shoulder with you. Their eye to eye contact is hypnotic. These wild spotted dolphins come to play with us of their own free will. It is a natural encounter with wild dolphins that are in complete control of the interaction. They can appear or disappear at anytime. Dolphin encounters can last from a few minutes to several hours each.

A live aboard boat is the best way to get the ultimate in wild dolphin experiences. The live aboard experience is where you sleep, eat and swim from the boat, similar to a cruise ship only much smaller and much more personal. The dolphins live in the ocean, so for the best encounter you should live on the ocean in a comfortable and safe boat. Imagine waking up in the morning and going to bed at night with dolphins swimming around the boat. The Dolphin Dream is the only operator who offers night time dolphin encounters. Snorkeling with dolphins at night while they feed under twelve 500 watt lights on the boat.

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Some might be concerned about living on a boat, worried about small spaces or seasickness. Seasickness is not as big of a concern as you might think. The Dolphin Dream is a heavy and very stable boat reducing our seasick customer percentage to below 5%. The Dolphin Dream departs from Florida, avoiding the extra flights and cost traveling to the Bahamas from the USA.

Guest need to be able to swim and snorkel. If you do not have any experience snorkeling, you may want to practice before coming on your trip. Try to go to the pool a couple of times and become comfortable with snorkeling gear. Even a few minutes of instruction and a little practice can enhance your trip with an increased skill level. Snorkeling instruction is also available on board if you wish. Good quality and good fitting snorkeling equipment is necessary. You want to play with dolphins, not be worried with a leaky mask or snorkel.

Your host Captain Scott Smith will introduce you to the Spotted Dolphin of White Sand Ridge, Little Bahama Bank. Captain Scott has operated the Dolphin Dream since 1980 and has logged more hours in the water with wild Spotted dolphin than any other human. His love and respect for these dolphins had led to a unique relationship. Captain Scott was instrumental in getting these dolphins to open up to humans. The dolphins now join him and his passengers for games, such as pass the scarf or the occasional petting. All with completely wild dolphins, no training or feeding. Captain Scott has identified, documented, and cataloged 3 generations with the same groups of dolphins.

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