November 08, 2009

Sting Rays at Discovery Cove

On a recent trip to Florida, my wife Emily wanted to realise a lifelong dream of swimming with dolphins. We had travelled up to Orlando from Key West but unfortunately, due to a busy schedule had been unable to organise any dolphin swimming in the Keys. A previous trip to Portugal had proved unsuccessful in terms of dolphin spotting so we were determined to find some dolphins for Emily to swim with in Orlando.

After an hour or so on the hotel internet we found the website for Discovery Cove, 'an all-inclusive adventure in which guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays, and tropical fish and hand-feed exotic birds'. Naturally we were excited and booked our spaces, Emily was in for the dolphin swim with me as cheerleader/photographer.

We had a fantastic day at Discovery Cove, they limit the numbers so it doesn't feel crowded and Emily got plenty of time in the water with Flipper. The highlight of the day for me was snorkelling in the tropical reef with southern and cownose rays, 10,000 brilliantly colored tropical fish, barracuda and sharks. They supply masks, snorkels, flippers and life jackets.

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