Subject: swimming with dolphins

roman (jroman@GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU)
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 17:54:40 +0100

>>I come from Sweden and soon i will make a one year tour to south-east
>>Asia i wonder were i can swim with dolpins in the wild, if it=B4s an
>>expedition or not doesn=B4t really matter.
>>but it=B4s been a lifelong dream for me so your help would be appreciated.
>>
>>



I hate to be a spoil sport, but I'm afraid I can't recommend any
swim-with-the-dolphin tours.  Swimming, or feeding, wild dolphins is not
really safe for people or for the dolphins themselves.  If dolphins get
accustomed to humans, it could put them at risk to fishermen or hunters.

However, taking a boat trip to watch dolphins and whales is a great idea.
When you watch a wild dolphin bow ride your boat, you may wish you could
get in the water with it, but it's best for all concerned if you could
learn to enjoy it more as it breaks the surface and swims off alone.

You might check out the Whale-Watching Web for more information:

http://www.physics.helsinki.fi/whale/

Have a great trip!

Joe

Joseph Roman
University of Florida
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
PO Box 12253
Gainesville, FL 32604
(352) 379-8096
jroman@ufl.edu