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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dominican Republic camera critters are kinda cute

I was delighted to swim with dolphins in the Dominican Republic in 2004. We've since found out how many dolphins are killed at places like this (not necessarily this one) if judged unsuitable for training, and we've decided not to participate in dolphin swims except in the open ocean when dolphins are there voluntarily. 

Rays are so cute when seen close up at Ocean World in the Dominican Republic.
No, I didn't swim with them.                                             Photos by Richard Schear

One of the keepers plays with the nurse sharks at Ocean World.
He did not invite any of the tourists to play with them, and none of us asked to try.

This cricket visited us in our room. Dick gently escorted him out.



Posted for Misty Dawn's Camera Critters meme. To see camera critters from around the world,

12 comments:

jabblog said...

It's very sad to read about the 'unsuitable' dolphins being killed. After all, they don't apply for the position of companion swimmer. Must have been fun, though.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful! Is that you swimming with the dolphins? One of my dreams is to do that too...

Crafty Gardener said...

awesome photos for this weeks Camera Critters

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, yes, that's me in the lifejacket that kept riding up above my ears! I also swam out and had two dolphins carry me back to the dock. Somewhat scary, but lots of fun.
-- K

Jidhu Jose said...

Wow...superb snaps

eileeninmd said...

Cool photo of you and the dolphin, that must have been fun. I would hope all these animals are well care for and that they do not realize what they are missing from not being out in the wild.

Fran said...

I love dolphins, they have such beautiful faces. When we cross the North Sea we usually get a school of dolphins join us and watching them play in the wake of the yacht is wonderful xxx

John S. Mead said...

Kay - Thanks for your kind words on my blog and I totally love the dolphins. I've enjoyed swimming with sharks, but REALLY want to swim with dolphins. Your post altered me to the previous unknown (to me) risk to the dolphins at places like this...Thnaks for educating me!

FYI - I've added you to my blog roll :)

Mr Puddy said...

Kay,

My mom think cat have a really good life. And my mom always want to be born as a cat but after she saw you play with dolphins. She start to not sure : )

xxxx

PS : I love the cricket, Good snack and Crunchy !

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

It's very sad to hear that's what they do with the dolphins.

Your photos are lovely.

Sally in WA said...

That must have quite the experience to swim with the dolphins though. I'll keep your words in mind should I ever come across a place like this and opt out of doing it myself.

Nice pictures, Kay.

Gary said...

Dolphins are such beautiful creatures. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.