To day many people want to meet or to swim with dolphins. I want to give some of my experiences to others who want to meet dolphins.
First of all it is
important to be clear with yourself, if you want to meet
free dolphins or dolphins in captivity. Please never bye
a ticket to a dolphinshow. Let us support one another in
acting for the freedom of all dolphins. Of course the
choice is yours. My own choice and wish is to meet free
Whatever you want to do, you need to think about equipment, snorkel, mask, fins and perhaps wetsuit dependent of the water being cold or warm. Good snorkel and mask is importent.
I have met dolphins in NORWAY, SINAI, EILAT, IRELAND,
SCOTLAND, AZORES, AUSTRALIA, FLORIDA and BAHAMA and Hawaii.
|NORWAY last visit July 2000
Flipper in Norway. He is a very
friendly old male, he allows nearly everybody to touch
him. He is mostly in Skudeneshavn, (phot left, you see
his dorsal fin between the two houses, and the boat
behind is one of Flippers "sleepingboats"),
Syre or Sandve, tree small harbours with around 5 km
between. So you need a car to go around and look for
Flipper. Flipper can also "go on holiday". I my
self have been in Norway twice without seeing Flipper.
The water is rather cold, and a wetsuit is recommended.
|SINAI last visit April 2004.
Oline in Nuweiba, Sinai. A mature female. Since 1996 she have had two male calves, but both died 6 months old. Now she has a female calf, born 1 of October 2000. Oline have close friendship with many of the Bedouins and people who live longer time in Nuweiba. You can stay in small cottages (photo right) just beside the water where Oline is swimming. The water is warm all year round, you dont need a wetsuit. Since November 2000 Oline and the calf Farshallah are staying different places north and south of Nuweiba.
Oline is dead 9 december 2004. Farshallah is ok.
Fungie (photo left) in Dingle, Ireland. An old male, who has been in Dingle since 1983. Fungie is now too lazy to make contact with people in the water, he is only interested in the boats, which sail out with people every day. Fungie jumps a lot and is full of vitality, but he has not close contact with humans any longer.
At Moray Firth
(photo to right) close to Inverness in Scotland it is
possible to sail out and look at the dolphins, but it is
not allowed to swim with them. A Dane called Karl Nirlsen
is sailing out with his boat "Benbola".
At the Azores you can sail out in boats and look at whales, mostly sperm whales and pilot whales. Season is May to October. You can also sail out and look after dolphins, and if you find them you are allowed to swim with them. Only two people in the water for 10 minutes. You find common dolphin, bottlenose and rissos dolphin and more. One boat trip cost around 35 E £. The Atlantic Ocean is cool. A thin wetsuit is recommended.
About 500 to 600 orcas
are living in Westfjorden from October to January. It is
close to Narvik on the West Coast of Norway. Herrings are
coming to North of Norway around August and in October
the herrings go into Westfjorden, and because the orcas
are eating herring they are following them.
|On the following
pages you can read about the dolphins I met in Austarlia,
Florida, Bahama and Hawaii.
To travel out and swim with dolphins is rather demanding, but also very rich. The dolphins first of all teach me ACCEPT, RESPECT, JOY and PRESENCE.
Weather you believe it or not, there is an effect of swimming with dolphins. Both experience and scintific examination proof that. What many people tell after swimming with dolphins, is a feeling of total accept. And meeting dolphins have been a turning point for many people with a depression. Physical pain can also disappear from hours to days after meeting with dolphins. Dolphins are able to use their sonar system in a very advanced way, and the sonar used on human can supposedly cause physical changes in the human body.
My wish is, that dolphinpeople all over the world support each other and in this way more and more people will learn to love dolphins and live in the "dolphinway", which for me is "living from the heart", and in that way treat both animal, human and nature with honesty, acceptance, responsibility, respect and love.