It’s the FIRST time I get to see a dolphin up close… and I manage to steal a kiss!
The last time I visited the Adventure Cove Waterpark, the Dolphin Island wasn’t open yet.
Probably awkward for him ‘cos the dolphin’s male *LOL*
The fiance and I went for the Dolphin Trek, which not only allowed us to steal kisses from the dolphins, and feed them with fish too, but also get into the water with the dolphins!
And we didn’t even have to swim ‘cos we could walk around on the lagoon floor (4 metres underwater) and breathe freely as we had on our underwater helmets.
Getting into the water, and getting fitted with my oxygen tank:
Helmet comes on, and once I hear the ‘pop’ sound, it means air is getting supplied to my helmet:
Here’s a tip for ‘equalizing’ when there’s water pressure: Yawn, swallow your saliva or close your mouth + pinch your nose + blow gently. We were also told that we can simply move our lower jaw from side to side.
Fascinating helmets! You can even reach in to scratch your nose!
If you’ve never tried walking underwater before (*gasp*), you should! Even non-swimmers can get to explore the underwater world and all it has to offer.
The fiance and I tried seawalking previously after our Mount Kinabalu climb – blogpost HERE. So we loved getting back into the water with those helmets.
As you can see, this dolphin is definitely taller than me
Underwater, we got to see the dolphins perform tricks like blowing bubble rings and twirling around like ballerinas. Absolutely fascinating sight! One of the trainers, in her scuba-diving gear, even did a little dance with a dolphin. *chuckle*
His new pet:
The Dolphin Island houses 24 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (13 male, 11 female). Perhaps we’ll see baby dolphins soon?
Interesting Facts about Dolphins:
1) Dolphins have 80 to 110 sharp conical teeth, which are *not* for chewing food, but for grabbing and holding their prey. [The dolphins I met had scars on their bodies, apparently because they bite each other as a form of greeting, and even affection!]
2) Dolphins are polygamous and have multiple mates in a given reproductive season.
3) The average gestation period for a bottlenose dolphin is 12 months, and baby dolphins are usually born tail-first.
4) The major threats to dolphins include their predators (sharks), human consumption (!), coastal pollution, and sound pollution due to boat traffic.
5) The oldest dolphin in human care is 60 years old!
More interesting facts here.
Dolphin Interaction Programmes @ RWS Dolphin Island
1) Dolphin Discovery: Get into the waist-deep waters of the lagoon for an up-close interaction with the dolphins
2) Dolphin Adventure: Swim with the dolphins and experience the thrill of being propelled through the water by dolphins!
3) Dolphin Trek: *as I’ve described above*
4) Dolphin Observer: You don’t have to get into the water. Enjoy a great view of what’s going on, from the comfort of your seat.
5) Dolphin VIP: A custom-made programme just for you!
More details HERE.
Ticket Prices – a screenshot:
Dolphin Island’s operating hours are from 10am to 6pm.
How the Marine Life Park cares for dolphins:
The dolphins undergo daily physical inspection. Ultrasound devices are also used to assess the internal organs of the dolphins. There is also a vet overseeing their well-being 24/7.
My Thoughts About Dolphin Island:
Before my visit, I was wondering if it is perhaps not a better idea to just let the dolphins remain in the wild. But I later realized that the dolphins get such tender loving care here, have their meals taken care of, the water temperature is regulated, and there are no predators they need to worry about.
The dolphins also get toys to play with – they are highly intelligent creatures and rather playful too. Also, in case you think they are forced to pose for photos with guests, it is not the case – the dolphins do this on a voluntary basis (they really are curious about newcomers!) and are free to swim away at any point.
I’m loving my new Facebook Page Cover Picture!
To sum up the experience:
Dolphin Trek Ticket: S$248
Photo CD with 50 pictures: S$125
A kiss from a dolphin: Priceless
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