Curacao and the Dolphins

The day after Aruba, we were in Willemstad, (Curacao), Antilles. On this day we had some clouds which were not unwelcome because when a cloud covered the sun it was a little cooler. Athough had it not been for the humidity the temperatures, which lingered in the low to mid-80s, would not have been bad.

The ship docked and we disembarked, stopping for a quick picture of some of the town before we went on.

A view of Willemstad

A view of Willemstad

We are welcome

We are welcome

We had some time before we needed to queue up for our trip to visit the dolphins, so we wandered to the closest shopping.
On the way we met some Geckos P1000913
and oohed and ahhed over some of the plantings
Ahhh, shopping ahead P1000918
We wandered through the stores, enjoying seeing what they offered but buying very little, and then it was time to head for the dolphin academy. On the way out, this pretty little bloom asked me to take its picture.
To the academy, where we were divided into groups so we could get on a platform in the water to meet and greet the dolphins. Our group had a mama dolphin and her year and a half old daughter – the young stay with mom until they’re about two years old. We kissed the dolphin
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and were kissed back.
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then the trainer of our dolphins got into the water and showed us some of what mom and daughter could do. There would be a show later, but once our time with the dolphins ended, we wandered into the area where there were flamingos
and an aquarium
clam waiting for dinner to arrive

clam waiting for dinner to arrive





This photo is way out of focus because I was in a hurry, but I had to share it
it’s not often I get to see kissing fish, after all!
The wrasse, one of which was shy and wasn't sure about coming out

The wrasse, one of which was shy and wasn’t sure about coming out

Time now for the dolphin show, where three trainers worked with their dolphins and showed off some skills.
In the shot below, the trainer was tossed up into the air by one of the dolphins – incredible!
At this dolphin academy, the dolphins are let out to sea occasionally – they return with no problem, because they know when dinner will be served. Dolphins are very social creatures and we learned they respond to praise and applause – it seemed to be a lot like training a dog.
showing their stuff

showing their stuff

The show was over, we were thrilled we had gone on this excursion but it was time to head back to the ship.
We were grateful that the next day was an at sea day – which meant a day of sleeping in and relaxing.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to Curacao and the Dolphins

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    You looked so very happy!!! Aren’t dolphins the best animal.


  2. Still smiling – and can’t stop smiling 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing those dolphin kisses with us 🙂 Incredible! I have never seen a dolphin in real life and always had a little bit of divided feelings about them living in enclosed spaces and used for shows. But after seeing your pictures and reading that they are let out in the sea from time to time it makes me feel better 🙂 And it really seems that they are very happy with this kind of live 🙂 Well, I am still smiling 🙂 greetings from Brussels 🙂


  3. Karma says:

    Wonderful! Swimming with dolphins is the best experience! The photos of you and your friend with the dolphin are great. I noticed your new profile picture too – perfect! 🙂


  4. Lynne Ayers says:

    That last shot of the flamingo is a stunning image, Carol. Sounds like you were having a great holiday.


  5. I absolutely LOVE the dolphin smooch shots — they’re FANTASTIC!


  6. lisa says:

    I absolutely adore dolphins. They’re magnificent creatures. Love the shot of you and Flipper! What strikes me as so wonderful about the islands is their use of COLOR! How can you help but be happy in a place like that?! 🙂


  7. Robin says:

    Kissed by a dolphin! How wonderful! I love the look on your face (it’s a very joyful expression). 🙂


  8. jay53 says:

    Oooh, I love geckoes! Nice shot. I love seahorses too – and that looks like quite a big one. In fact pretty much all of those sea creatures are wonderful and the anemone is so delicate looking.

    It’s good to know that the dolphins are let out to sea and return voluntarily. We know they are playful and sociable, and it’s nice to know they’ve ‘adopted’ this bunch of humans. 🙂


  9. Heather says:

    This is my favorite day so far. So much kissing 🙂 Love the photo of you with the dolphin, but also smiled at the mirror-image kissing fish.
    One of my best friends was a dolphin trainer in Key Largo, FL for a few years. They let their dolphins out to sea as well. I think this arrangement is best 🙂


  10. Your joy is jumping out of the picture! I really appreciate you taking us along in your wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂


  11. I love those Geckos, colorful buildings, and those flamingos, which don’t even look real, they’re so perfect! And those pictures of you and the Artistic One with the dolphins are wonderful. You both look so happy! 🙂


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