Stuck together with a bit of jello
…in case anyone was wondering what that was. Nalani, taken on 1/22/13.
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They had that toy when I was there in January too (: Malia seemed to really like it
I love her rostrum.
Largo, Gulf World Marine Park
Malia & Nalani Front Flip
Some photos of Astro for itsgettinghyakinhere
He really enjoyed the rub rope his trainers put in!
Brinnon and her eyebrows.
First photo: Mako in July 2013 (for size comparison)
Second Photo: Capri in July 2014
Third Photo: Capri, Zeke, and Mako in July 2014
Fourth Photo: Mako in July 2014
Conclusion: They are not babies anymore :(
A quick update on my day at Gulf World (7/20/14)
I got there as soon as it opened at 9:30. I saw the Feathers & Furry Friends show and the Sea Lion Show first. Then I had some time before the dolphin show (the dolphin stadium isn’t open between shows so you can’t view the dolphins before noon). I walked around and saw the other animals, including some of the rough toothed dolphins.
I was ready and waiting at the dolphin stadium the second they opened the doors. I walked in and the first dolphin I saw was none other than Miss Brinnon!! I was so happy to see her! I walked up to the ropes by the glass and said hello to her. Brinnon, Sandy, Capri, and Mako were all in the show habitat together. Capri and Mako have gotten so much bigger since the last time I saw them!! They are almost adult sized dolphins already! I was putting a different lens on my camera to take pictures of them and I could barely do it because my hands were shaking from excitement. When I started taking pictures Brinnon saw me and came over to the glass. I’m not sure if she recognized me, but it seemed like she did because she stared at me for a while, during which time I was talking to her (without realizing that I was doing so out loud).
Before the show, I saw 3 of the trainers I worked with last summer. They were all happy to see me and we talked for a few minutes about the dolphins and to catch up. Then I saw the show, which was awesome as usual. Afterwards one of the leads came over to me and said that Brinnon and Mako were in one of the back habitats and that I could come backstage to hang out with them!! So I went back there and saw all of the dolphins that weren’t in the show, and then I sat by Brinnon and Mako for about 10 minutes while the trainers were busy with the other dolphins. At one point I was saying hi to Brinnon and telling her that I missed her, and she sat up by the edge of the habitat where I was and opened her mouth (which she does when she enjoys something). I about died, it was so cute.
Then, as if my day could get any better, I got to have a little poolside session with Brinnon (and Mako) and a trainer. I got to rub her tail, belly, back, and her pec fin which she seemed to really like. It looked like she was really enjoying the session, because she opened her mouth a lot and squealed when she did something correctly. Then I did a couple of mimics with her, and I heard her and Mako’s giggle sound. The trainer asked me if I wanted to do anything else with her so I asked if I could kiss her, and she let me! I planted a big one right on the tip of her rostrum. After that I was able to take a few more pictures in the show habitat before I went to get lunch.
After lunch I saw the second dolphin show which was equally good, and I said bye to Brinnon. She was swimming at the back of the habitat and when she saw me close to the windows she came over and swam next to me as I walked from one side of the habitat to the other side. We used to do that all the time when I was on baby watch last summer! I decided that was a good time to leave (end on a positive!) so I went to the last sea lion show and that was the end of my day.
I’m about to go through my (600) photos now, so those will be up sometime this week!