As a gift, a friend of mine, bought me the dolphin encounter experience for my birthday.. Aware of all the controversy surrounding marine parks and the cramped conditions of the mammals, it was difficult for me to decide to go on this dolphin swim. In the end, I decided to do it to see first hand what it was all about.
Upon arrival, the check in process was easy and went straight to the dolphin encounter exhibit. Walking through the park it felt desolate and abandoned. It also looked like the park was in need of serious renovations.
Arriving to the dolphin exhibit I was excited to meet these mammals. Having seen them in the wild, I've always wanted to know what it would be like to see them up close. The swim was great but at times it felt like a petting zoo or at circus having them perform all sorts of tricks for you. The dolphins were in really small pens leaving to me wonder how isolated they might feel.
I left the swim with mix feelings. Yes it was nice having to meet these animals up close but couldn't believe the fact that they lived in such claustrophobic conditions. Not to mention the $40+ they try to get you to pay afterwards for a photo of the dolphin swim.
I would NOT recommend this due to the fact that this truly is an exploitation of highly intelligent mammals in order to make a couple dollars off of you. After the swim, I got back in my car and went home knowing that I will not be visiting this marine park or other marine parks in the future.
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