With great anticipation we decided to take the 250km return trip detour to see the world famous Monkey Mia dolphin interaction. 100 or so people line up at the waters edge at 7.45am listening to (in our case) Mary who is wearing a microphone extol the characteristics of dolphins for half an hour. Remember this is nature and she did very well filling in time before 3 dolphins appeared. Mary is standing 4 metres off the edge knee deep. Puck which is the Grandma of dolphins obviously likes Mary as it rubbed gently against her leg. Mary asked us to wave at Puck in her cootchy koo voice ...all very sweet.
Mary had this show under total control, so now the part for the interaction I thought. OK, she said you can shuffle ankle deep into the water and stay there. So now we were 3 1/2
metres from the dolphin. Non stop talking by Mary and if you were one or two people in a hundred you could stand by Mary and feed a dolphin a dead fish...but NO touching.
The dolphins drifted off and so did the crowd and my wife and I looked at each other and said is that it? We have seen 100s of dolphins closer than 3 1/2 metres in our NZ waters.
I feel it is a bit misleading using the word "interacting". Quite a detour to experience something mediocre. Anyway while we were there we saw a fleeting glimpse of a dugong whilst on a catamaran cruise.
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