Thursday, February 19, 2009

Swimming with the Dolphins ~ Marineland

We are back from our holiday. It went by so fast! The weather was great (80's) and my personal highlight of the week was an afternoon at The Marineland Dolphin Conservation Center. It is located just south of St. Augustine along the East Coast of Florida. A gorgeous spot! I will download my pictures tonight (these are the Marineland pics).

We lucked out! There was only one other gal for the Immersion Swim. We each got our own trainer and Dolphin to swim with. No big groups or line-ups : )

Here are a few pictures of Pebbles the Dolphin, my son and I. We had a great time and enjoyed Pebbles' playful nature. She is such a fast swimmer ~ she caught a ball underwater and swam up behind us while we patiently waited for her. I am sure she thought we needed training. Turn around darlings . . . I'm right here! I've posted a short video of her antics below.

We spent about 40 minutes in the water with these wonderful creatures.

Jumping, twirling and splashing was all part of the fun.

The wet suits were appreciated ~ the water was actually filtered ocean water
(still February after all)

Pebbles was a great host and I would swim with her again in a heart beat!


Jann said...

How special! So glad you had a fun trip! Smiles, Jann

cinner said...

This is a dream of mine. It must have been an awesome experience. I love your Blog. cinner

The Victorian Parlor said...

Looks like you guys had a great time:)

Brenda said...

Hi Karen,
What fabulous pics - can't wait to see more! Glad the weather was so nice for you. talk to you soon,


Nancy said...

So happy to have you back! Glad to hear you had beautiful weather! You look like you are really enjoying the neat to be able to be there with them.

Talk soon,
Hugs, Nancy

Draffin Bears said...

Oh what a wonderful holiday you must have had Karen.

Warm weather and to swim with the dolphins sounds like a lot of fun.
Funny how the holidays always seem to go so quickly.

Thanks for sharing.


croissantpark said...

I had heard Marineland was a great place to swim with the dolphins in Florida. I am glad you had a great time.
God Bless,