While they’re certainly playful and amusing creatures, there’s more to dolphins than just Flipper. Dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and are found in just about every ocean around the globe. As an elegant way to raise awareness and introduce the masses to the attractiveness and importance of the dolphin, many vacation resorts offer people the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins to promote environmental conservation.
In comparison to the rest of oceanic life, dolphins are a relatively new species, having evolved just 10 million year ago. In a peculiar twist, dolphins are really the descendants of land creatures who evolved into the water, compared to most life forms which evolved from the water. Scientists are sure of the evolutionary path as dolphins still have little vestigial pelvic bones and leg buds as part of the skeletal structure.
Dolphins are known for their unique social behaviour and acute intelligence. There have even been reports of dolphins displaying culture and learned behavior, phenomenon thought to be unique to human intellect, by teaching their young to use tools for food hunting and decorations and props for breeding rituals.
Such intelligence, combined with their characteristic playfulness and their friendly nature, is exactly what makes swimming with dolphins such a special experience. However, many types of dolphins today are endangered, with various types already gone beyond bringing back. By way of example, a study performed in 2006 was not able to find any of the Yangtze River dolphin, which makes it technically extinct.
The difficult fact to realize is that humans are responsible in large part for the danger these magnificent creature are now facing. From the spilling of toxic waste and waste into the oceans to runoff containing dangerous pesticides to accidental collisions with boat propellers, lots of the dolphin’s major enemies are the careless byproducts of human life. Unfortunately, dolphins are also hunted for food in many areas of the world and are murdered in mass for commercial sale.
The people of the world today have the capacity to stop the casual and mostly unintentional destruction of these fabulous creatures, and that is why swimming with dolphins is indeed powerful. It is obvious from that most of the ways we hurt dolphins are unintentional and passive, making them unnecessary victims. By offering people an opportunity to spend private time with these awesome creatures in their natural habitats, hotels are encouraging folks to get to know them and put a face on all the things which live in the sea. And once you’ve been kissed by a dolphin, nuzzled by a dolphin, and ferried around on the back of a dolphin, it’s not easy to ignore the effect we are having on them. So in case you get a chance, don’t miss the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins, as it’s a very unique and educational experience. The expectation is that it won’t be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but if our careless treatment of the environment does not stop, unfortunately it might be.