Dolphins are the smartest animals on the planet, after humans. They’re capable of understanding and learning complex tasks, and they utilize a sophisticated language of communication. They’re incredibly graceful and impressive animals, so it should come as no surprise to you that I was jumping out of my skin with excitement when I was afforded the chance to go swimming with the dolphins at The Atlantis Resort!
In the 14-acre, 7 million gallon habitat of Dolphin Cay at The Atlantis, the dolphins are boss. The dolphins are only every encouraged, never forced to perform the tricks that the trainer asks of them. They’re rewarded with praise and treats, which makes them want to show off their skills to us! But as my trainer told me, they’re very smart animals and they’ll do what they want, you can’t force them to do any of this. Right from the start I was also learning about the marine biology considerations and caretaking for the dolphins here, where dolphins far outlive those in the wild.
The 17-year-old dolphin paired with my group was a total charmer! She showed us flips and twists in the air, a moonwalk dance, and a squeaking rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! I got to pet her and feel the unique grooves of her fin. We even shared a hug and a kiss! She felt soft and slick, with an almost rubber-like feel to her gray skin. And she was so sweet and playful that she instantly stole my heart, just like a puppy does!
It was the absolute coolest experience and I’m glad that I was able to swim with that magnificent dolphin. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time in the water, and for as great as I expected it to be, it was even better. It was the perfect addition to a relaxing sun and swim vacation at The Atlantis Bahamas Resort. I definitely recommend it!