I just returned from the most fabulous weekend in San Diego visiting my dear old friend Cindy and my dear new one Denise. As I flew over the ocean coming into the airport a crazy thought leapt into my head, “I want to swim with the dolphins!” the thought said. Not being a dolphin person particularly, I had never had this desire before… (it felt like a special request from the wee one that I’m carrying) So of course I had to find a way!
We looked online and sure enough Sea World San Diego has a program where small groups of regular folks like you and me can play with the dolphins. Miraculously, there were two appointments left for the Saturday afternoon before Labor Day. Go magic baby mojo!
We had a 30 minute classroom session where we learned about bottlenose dolphins and then we all got into wetsuits and into the water. There were four people and a trainer assigned to each dolphin so we had a lot of one on one time with “Purina.” When the trainer introduced us, the dolphin immediately came straight up to me and put her nose on my belly. The trainer got a little freaked out and pulled her away… She said she probably knew I was pregnant and was curious, but didn’t feel comfortable letting the dolphin get that close. As I type this entry, I googled dolphins and pregnancy and found this:
“Therefore, dolphins have been trained to swim close to pregnant women and emit their calls. Some even “kiss” the women on their lips or stomach. In Spanish-speaking countries, this practice is known as delfinoterapia, or dolphin therapy.”
So I guess my babe wanted some delfinoterapia.
The whole experience was a thrill, getting to feed her, pet her and learn training signals. Pregnant or not, I highly recommend this! It wasn’t on my things to do before I die list, but maybe it should have been.