Swim With Wild Dolphins
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Swimming With Dolphins
you have been wondering if you can visit South Africa, swim with
dolphins, swim with whale sharks and rays, as well as do a
safari to see Africa's wildlife, the answer is yes. We are based in
South Africa and offer a variety of tour options including our dolphin
adventure where you can swim with dolphins, do turtle
tours where watch giant sea turtles, safaris to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park,
Tembe Elephant Park and the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.
also offer tours and safaris to other parts of South Africa, Swaziland
and Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Swimming with Dolphins
- Self drive to Mozambique and we meet you at the border
which has secure parking, or you get to Ponta Do Ouro on your own steam
(4x4 required) We will send map and directions arrange all
- We provide all transport from St Lucia.
Trips From St Lucia
swim with dolphins trips leave from St Lucia and
head up to southern Mozambique, where we get onto a boat , head out to
sea searching for wild dolphins to swim with. When we find dolphins, we
enter the water gently and watch them in their natural habitat, doing
what dolphins do.
you are going to be visiting Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Northern part of
South Africa, a swim with dolphins is an experience not
to be missed! The weather is sunny and warm all year round with ocean
temperatures ranging from 22'C in the winter to 28'C in the summer. The
waters are clear which allows one to get fantastic sightings when you
swim with the dolphins. The dolphins are NOT IN CAPTIVITY, they swim
free in the ocean, so the dolphin or dolphins actually swim with you,
and it is on their terms!
you get into the water you will be briefed about the trip, the boat and
what to do and not to do while you are swimming with the dolphins. In
the next section below there is a list of things you should and should
not do when you swim with dolphins.
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dream of so many! But firstly, ethics. Is it right to swim with
dolphins? When people swim with dolphins, are the dolphins disturbed in
any way? Is it detrimental to swim with dolphins? Much has been written
about the ethics of swimming with dolphins, mostly by people who have
never had a swim with dolphins. I have personally spent many hours in
the water swimming with dolphins in South Africa and elsewhere, and
these are my feelings about the subject from personal experience.
am not speaking of dolphins in captivity, I won't even get into the
ethics of keeping animals in captivity in this article, but interacting
with other species in their natural habitat is a different matter. When
you encounter dolphins in the great expanse of the ocean, whether it is
while sailing, surfing, swimming, free diving or scuba diving, it is
the dolphins choice to interact if they want to do so. I have been
surfing on many occasions where dolphins have approached me and even
shared waves with me, circled around for a few minutes and moved on. If
you are on a boat and you jump into the water with wild dolphins, they
will swim away, and no matter how fast you swim, you will not cause
them any mental anguish!
said, there are strict guidelines for swimming with dolphins and how
you should behave if you do encounter dolphins in the water: Never
approach the dolphins when they encounter you, they will just swim
away. Keep eye contact, dolphins are as curious about us as we are
about them. Keep your arms at your sides and don't kick and splash
while swimming with dolphins. Do not try to touch the dolphins while
you are swimming with them, respect their space. If the dolphins want
to touch, they will brush past you. Most importantly of all, relax and
few people get the opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural
habitat and for those who do, it is an experience never to be
forgotten. For more information about how to swim with dolphins during
a visit to South Africa go to www.extremenaturetours.co.za
have been used along with physical therapy for decades. It is common to
see small farms or petting zoos double as places for assisting those
who are in need of mental or in some cases, physical therapy. There is
also a new trend for such physiotherapy. Humans have been swimming with
dolphins for decades. It seems that only in recent years have
researchers noticed how the dolphin interacts with those who have
special needs, and the science of dolphin therapy has evolved.
Dolphins have it in their nature to be curious and sociable. Their
lesser known traits are patience and an inner sense of their
environment. Physiotherapy researchers noticed that dolphins seem to
exhibit an extra degree of protectiveness towards individuals who are
physically disabled. Pregnant women are also known to receive extra
attention when they swim dolphins.
Dolphin therapy Researchers are careful to emphasize that the results
will vary for each individual. The results of their studies continue to
reflect amazing potential. Non-verbal individuals have often spoken
their first words to dolphins or during a swim with dolphins. Seemingly
unaffectionate individuals have gradually learned to cope or even show
affection after swimming with dolphins in dolphin therapy sessions.
Dolphin therapy studies have also showed some patients developing
greater motor skills when introduced to dolphin assisted therapy where
they swim with dolphins. Cancer patients have found relief from the
emotional isolation they may feel by swimming with dolphins. Patients
with multiple sclerosis and autism have all responded positively to
interaction and swimming with dolphins.
Dolphin assisted therapy, also called DAT, is most often conducted with
the help of a marine biologist as well as a physical therapist. The
individual receiving the therapy is given the standard physical
exercises, but they are allowed physical contact while swimming with
the dolphin at the same time.
Scientists are currently exploring the use of dolphins in a therapeutic
setting. There are no guarantees of results when using dolphins as with
any other animal. The dolphin's 'healing' powers have been attributed
to a range of factors, but a swim with dolphins will never be
Some theories believe it is merely the dolphin's affection and
tolerance that brings such positive results. Other rumors suggest that
the dolphin's natural sonar actually triggers a healing response from
within the human body. When a dolphin swims, it is so graceful and it
exudes joy and evokes joy.
Advocates of dolphin therapy cite many areas of improvement for
patients. Many believe that a regular swim with dolphins can boost the
immune system. Some state it can increase learning capacity from 3 to
11 percent. Advocates also believe this learning capacity brings a
knowledge retention rate of around 50 percent a year, so swim with
dolphins and get smarter!
Reports have been submitted for years that dolphins have helped humans
who have got into trouble while swimming in the ocean. These include
such acts as offering protection against sharks to dophins pushing
injured swimmers safely to shore. When you consider their biology it is
easy to see how dolphins may associate humans with their own kind.
Dolphins swim in groups that are called pods. They carry one offspring
at a time and nurse them after birth. Dolphins are warm blooded like
humans. They protect and care for one another just as humans do. After
a baby dolphin is born, the mother and baby dolphin swim close and keep
physical contact. The baby dolphin has whiskers with which it feels the
mother's slipstream in order to stay close to her. When they sleep, the
mother and baby dolphin swim in a tight circle, the baby dolphin swims
on her inside for protection from predators..
Dolphin assisted therapy usually occurs in a captive dolphin facility,
but disabled individuals with mobility or even those who can't swim are
usually treated to swimming with dolphins with assistance and flotation
assisted therapy is not a promise of success. It does offer the
potential to bring much joy into the lives of the disabled. These
caring and gentle animals of the ocean can urge development in areas
that may not see stimulation in other circumstances.
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