Posted By: Kristykins

Dolphins? - 10/25/05 06:43 AM

Okay don't laugh at me, but this was one thing I was somewhat excited about doing in Cancun before that trip was lost...

Is there anywhere in AC or nearby where you can swim with Dolphins?

I'm pretty this answer will be no...but I had to ask just in case wink
Posted By: Nick Barton

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 10:07 AM

We see them quite regularly in the sea between the island and the reef (particularly early in the morning) but unless you have a boat I guess it would be difficult to get out close to them.
Posted By: scuba_sue

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 02:19 PM

When we set out for an all day dive trip (at 6:30 am), there was one playing in the wake. On the way back, there was a small pod that followed us for a bit. Amazing!

Don't know of an area set aside for swimming with them. Belize and AC are very protective of the reef and wild life. I can't see them penning in dolphins.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 03:28 PM

Not sure what happened to the project but here's a thread on swimming with dolphins. Anyone have any updates?

Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 04:18 PM

Hi Kristykins

Many, many years ago there was a wild dolphin out at Lighthouse Reef that preferred the company of people to the company of dolphins. She would race to meet the dive boats and spend hours frolicking with the visitors. One day however the inevitable happened and the dolphin had a cute little baby dolphin. After this occured she was a lot more aloof and very protective of the baby. Although the Mama Dolphin would come and play she would occassionally take an extreme dislike to a particular person in the crowd and would beat this person up. Normally it was a women that she would hit with her tail. Some folks were hospitalized after a visit with her. Then one day, she was gone.....

I went scuba diving in the main channel of San Pedro about 5 years ago and a pod of dolphin decided to visit with us during the entire dive. They played, jumped up in the air, raced etc. but never came close enough to touch.

Earlier this month we chartered a TMM Bareboat Sailing Catamaran vessel and right in front of St. George's Caye (about 20 miles from San Pedro) met up with a pod of 10 dolphin. They stayed with the boat for at least 20 minutes. We were tempted to jump in with them, but common sense prevailed. These are wild animals and they may have felt threatened if we got too close. Again they did all the tricks, diving, jumping, racing etc. There were some smaller dolphin, we are assuming these were calfs as they were being corralled.

Anyway, you may be able to swim with the dolphin, but it will be their choice, not yours.

I for one hope that we never condone the opening of a dolphin park here in Belize. Containing such magnificent creatures, with the wild only a few feet away would be cruel.

I am sure Xcaret will be back up and running within a year for those folks who don't have the time and/or opportunity to wait for a spontaneous dolphin encounter in the wild.
Posted By: Kristykins

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 04:33 PM

Well hey, if there's a chance of a dolphin encounter in the wild, I'm all for it. =)

I will keep my eyes open & hopefully I'll get lucky!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 04:39 PM

wink :p
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 04:40 PM

and eek
Posted By: KWIBMF

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 05:00 PM

I have some pictures and video of that dolphin that I took while on an Offshore Express trip 10 years ago. The crew called her Honey, but I believe she was known by several other names.

She followed the boat into the lagoon of the island where we spent the night. Can't remember the name of the island(Sand Boar?) but it was the one with the old lighthouse. Several people swam with her near the dock, I delined due to the proximity of the outhouses on the dock. She did get a little aggressive, smacked a woman in the back with her tail, but she just seemed to be trying to prevent her from getting out of the water. She wanted to play!

The next morning, she followed us out to the Blue Hole, then waited for us to come up from the dive and swam around with us during the safety stop. We headed out from the BH, and that's the last we saw of her. Quite an experience.
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 05:11 PM

There was a family of dolphins just south of Costa Maya about 2 weeks ago. Two adults a juvenile and a baby, it was amazing to watch them from the boat as they swam around us.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 05:14 PM

Lucy and she broke a couple of ribs that I remember. Dolphins are social creatures and we figured, since she was alone most of the time, that she was an outcast amongst the dolphin community for some reason. The Swim with Dolphins on Spanish Lookout Caye was approved and project and construction are moving ahead, like it or not.
Posted By: mobunny

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 05:20 PM

Irm and I once spotted a dolphin in front of Ramon's (between the docks.) Last August fellow guests at Mata Rocks saw two playing by the pier early one morning. that same trip a dolphin lead our boat in shallow water from Mata Rocks to the Protech dock on our morning dive pick up. The best though was when we dropped for our 2nd dive out by one of the atolls and there were two dolphins swimming in circles, clicking away. Amazing. mo
Posted By: Pam&Dave

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 06:48 PM

More dolphin stories - More dolphin stories! Lucy was a social outcast. They really do have human characteristics!
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 07:06 PM

Had one follow me through Port 'o Stuck right between the hulls of the cat I was sailing. Went down to the rear steps and sat right beside it for a couple of minutes. I've seen many dolphins and manatees in my travels around the waters of Belize. The biggest group was on the way back from a dive at the Aquarium, had to be 20 or 30 of them and they chased the boat for about 5 minutes. One guy kept doing rolling jumps beside the boat and was coming up as high as the flybridge (Miss Mel.)
Posted By: MALIBU

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 07:36 PM

"the name of the island(Sand Boar?) but it was the one with the old lighthouse. Several people swam with her near the dock, I delined due to the proximity of the outhouses on the dock"

What island is this? There are outhouses on the dock?
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 07:38 PM

One encounter-On a sailboat not far from the Placencia reef, dolphins as far as the eye could see, hundreds and hundreds of them. We all jumped in, 4 dolphins encircled a friend 20 ft down and whirled over, around, up and down around him, like they were weaving a web encasing him, til he got to the surface. Blew all of our collective, experianced and sometimes jaded minds. I see them qute often, but this was an unforgettable gift.
Posted By: Scott

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 07:58 PM

Amanda & KWIBMF, you are right about the location and the name of the dolphin. We did the Wave Dancer a couple of times in the early 90's and on every dive at Lighthouse Reef "Honey" would make an appearance. The staff would limit the number of people in the water with her but she never tired of playing and being the center of attention. Thanks for bring back the memories!!
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 08:11 PM

Sand Bore Caye. AKA Northern 2 Caye.
Posted By: Kristykins

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 08:33 PM

Well I want to meet this Honey! Maybe I'll get lucky. hahaha

*sends out good happy dolphin vibes*

Posted By: MALIBU

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 08:36 PM

"There are outhouses on the dock?"
Lets try this one more time.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 08:37 PM

The WERE outhouses on the end of docks. Don't forget this was a long, long time ago. We had the same thing in San Pedro when I was a kid.
Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 08:46 PM

Of course I can't figure out how to post a photo, so click here for my latest dolphin experience. Pix were taken from the catamaran, they were right below me!!Iq7I
Posted By: mobunny

Re: Dolphins? - 10/25/05 09:19 PM

lovely pics. Thanks! mo
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