The dolphins are graceful and elegant; there is substantial hands-on play with multiple dolphins as long as you purchase the complete package. I am not a swimmer and felt entirely at ease interacting with the dolphins.
True, the facilities are not fantastic, but this island in general is substantially under-developed. Everything was clean and orderly, but in need of refurbishing.
The dolphins are treated with great respect. For one thing their their longevity is enhanced in a major way by having guaranteed food and medical care. When people come to facilities like this one and complain about the treatment of the dolphins, their hypocrisy is on display. Humans will go to incredible lengths to live a few extra months. Surely, we should be impressed by efforts that allow the dolphins to live an extended life. While I do not in any manner wish to underestimate quality of life, we have no credible testimony from dolphins suggesting that they prefer a brief life in the ocean.
Unless one lives near an ocean and has witnessed these beautiful creatures on a regular basis or can take a trip to Alaska or many venues where you can see them in the wild, facilities like this one are essential to democratizing the experience of sharing a sense of awe for the intelligence of these dolphins.
Our experience was with 6 other guests. Had we come an hour later we would have been in a small lake with 25 other guests. Consequently, they and we had 2 quite distinct experiences. The huge group spent most of their experience standing around watching others interact with the dolphins. HINT: Get there for the first experience at 10 AM. Personally, I would have felt ripped off had I paid the substantial ticket price and then been in a situation where I was primarily an audience member watching others one by one interact with the dolphins.
In all probability the photos are a major source of revenue for this facility. The package of photos that the staff pushes costs almost the same as the ticket to interact with the dolphins. Putting a price on recollections of memories is a matter of personal choice, but be forewarned.
One final note: Facilities like these are human creations; hence, they are not natural. To criticize the non-natural is to criticize eye glasses, condoms, and habitual altruism. Human constructions are not automatically negative. The dolphin discovery is arguably beneficial to humans and the dolphins.
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