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    by HumblyServingChrist Written Jul 10, 2014

    While it is one thing to watch dolphins through underwater viewing glass, it is quite another to actually interact with them. Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers a variety of programs by which visitors may interact with dolphins. The most expensive, of course, is to actually swim with dolphins. That costs over $200 per person. I have not done this, but my family did get to take part in another kind of interaction. The “Touch & Feed” program offers a very memorable experience without requiring that anyone gets in the water. Our family was assigned to “Betty,” a spry dolphin in her forties (old by dolphin standards) who really seemed to enjoy her back and tail rubs by human hands. She was even a bit ticklish on her tummy. We also had the privilege to feed Betty chilled fishy treats. (soap and water are close at hand), watch her perform a few trained behaviors, and listen to her squeaks.

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    by Confucius Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    This 10 minute program allows you to hold a canvas over the pool while a dolphin paints a picture with colors that you choose. Participants can select up to 3 colors, and the dolphin then paints by holding a short brush that is inserted into a soft foam holder which it grasps in its mouth. By moving its head up and down and from side to side, the dolphin and you create a work of art that is your free souvenir of the memorable Marineland experience.
    As soon as the painting is complete, you will have time left to interact with the dolphin and get some outstanding photo opportunities. You can hold both of the dolphin's flippers and pose like you're dancing. If the trainer declines your amorous advances then you can kiss the dolphin instead. This is your chance to create that crazy moment which makes everybody laugh, even the dolphins. I tried imitating dolphin communication by flapping my hands with elbows at hips while making "Flipper" sounds that are impossible to put into words.

    Participants in Dolphin Designs must be at least 5 years of age. All participants will be photographed during their dolphin interaction by Marineland's professional staff photographer, with either 5x7 or 8x10 pictures available for purchase immediately afterwards*. Cameras are not allowed to be brought to the dolphin interaction area, but your entourage can take pictures from a distance.

    * The pricing for 5 X 7 photos is as follows: $25 for the first 2 photos and $10.50 each for the next three. All photos after the first five cost $8 each.

    Here is a dolphin painting on the artist's statue
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    by Confucius Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    This short program gives you 10-15 minutes of education and recreation at the side of the pool with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. You will be greeted by a trainer who starts by quizzing you on which parts of the dolphin you are not allowed to touch (eyes, mouth, blowhole). The program then allows you to touch the dolphin's belly, dorsal fin, and flippers. You will have a brief chance to try and tickle the dolphin, and if that doesn't work you could perhaps attempt to tickle the friendly trainer. The trainer will also allow you to hold the dolphin by its tail and, under close supervision, touch its teeth. You will be shown how to make the dolphins do certain tricks, such as swimming through a hoop that you hold underwater. The dolphins will jump and splash during this program so be prepared to get wet. You will also be given many opportunities to feed the dolphin after each part of the program and when the dolphin has eaten enough dead fish you will finally be given the option of kissing its mouth.
    All participants will be photographed during their dolphin interaction by Marineland's professional staff photographer, with either 5x7 or 8x10 pictures available for purchase immediately afterwards*. Cameras are not allowed to be brought to the dolphin interaction area, but your entourage can take pictures from a distance.
    Participants in Flippers & Fins must be at least 3 years of age and those who are 7 years and under must be accompanied by a paying participant who is at least 13 years old.

    * The pricing for 5 X 7 photos is as follows: $25 for the first 2 photos and $10.50 each for the next three. All photos after the first five cost $8 each.

    This photo was taken during Flipper & Fins program
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