By Patti Gutshall
Dolphin Interaction Program at SeaWorld San Diego is an incredible program. This is not swim with the Dolphins, but an interaction program up close learning event. Petting hugging and gliding along side them.
You are given a wetsuit and booties, as you must wear what they are use to, you can not bring your own. You walk into the Dolphin Cove and are never aloud to swim across. We were instructed that if we were told to stand against the wall to do so immediately with your legs together. If they see a hole they will want to swim thru it. You are a toy to them and if you give them a space in which to swim thru they will. You will have a pony ride never to be forgotten.
We fed them octopus and fish. They have very sharp teeth, but they don’t chew, as they swallow the fish whole. We were able to touch and feel their skin, stomach and back. You do not ride them but, glide along side of them holding in front of their dorsal fin and pectoral fin. My favorite part was looking into the eye, so close.
Dolphins are very social and must never be kept alone. SeaWorld is a Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release Program. The dolphins that remain there would not be able to survive in the wild. All dolphins are protected under the Marine Manual Protection Act, set up to study, protect and conserve these fascinating species.