One chatty mammal met another chatty mammal during a delightful afternoon in the water.
The excursion van picked us up late afternoon and took us for a short drive through downtown Cancun and dropped us off at the marina.
We put on lifejackets and were escorted down the dock to where the dolphins were.
T was very anxious and scared at first. But once he got into the water, he warmed up and let the dolphins approach him.
The staff were excellent and T followed their instructions closely.
He laughed heartily as the dolphins splashed water at us with their fins and tails and he had the most endearing smile as they swam up to him and allowed T to press his cheeks against theirs.
We enjoyed letting the dolphins circle us. T gently petted them, carefully following the instructions to not pet them on their faces.
We then did a “stunt” with them, letting them come up behind us and lift us up by our feet.
T was very hesitant at first but warmed up to the idea. He swam out by himself and waited patiently for the dolphins to lift him up.
Look at how high he went!
We were so amazed and while T would not admit it out loud, the look on his face as he swam back to the dock told us he felt very proud.
T got to do an extra activity, the dorsal swim (below), and went for a short ride by hanging onto the dolphin’s fin.
I’m tempted to share the full photo because the look of sheer joy on his face was heartmelting.
You’ll just have to take my word for it.
This has been an unforgettable family vacation – and one that is coming to an end when he head home tomorrow afternoon.
Despite the few hair-raising meltdowns T had, I am very thankful for the time away and together – and for the wonderful memories we’ll treasure forever.