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Swimming with the Dolphins in Mexico


Here is a picture of Patricio! Zaandam visits Mexico every two weeks this fall/winter season. This picture was taken on the Dolphin Encounter tour in Puerto Vallarta. Even in the pouring rain there is something fun to do in this port of call.

Welcomed by Vallarta Adventure tours and their wonderful facility, we were split into groups of six people. Our group dolphin trainer Abril and dolphin Patricio were amazing! All of the tour groups were introduced to the dolphins and taught the specifics of the training development and relationship built between the trainers. Patricio is 7 years old and 400 lbs of solid muscle. During the encounter we were able to swim with Patricio as he laid on his back we gripped his fins as he swam around the pool … fast! As you can also see in the picture, Patricio shared loving kisses. We were also able to feed Patricio fish and dance with him in the pool. This was great as he came above water clapping his fins and making lots of noise.

After 45 minutes of hands-on fun, we watched a dolphin show as they literally showed off their talents with flips and tricks. This was a great activity for everyone!

Michelle McDowell is Zaandam’s future cruise consultant.

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