Many people dream of swimming with dolphins. Few have the chance to swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. I was actually lucky to do so. several years ago I hooked up with a documentary group out of Miami, to film and swim with the Atlantic Spotted Bottled-Nosed Dolphins. I never thought I would ever be one of the people who would have the opportunity to swim with Atlantic Spotted Bottled-Nosed Dolphins. These dolphins have an amazing ability to target individuals who are sick and are more adept at helping children who are sick. I was lucky enough to be one of seven individuals chosen to swim with these dolphins and document their amazing ability. The adventure started, with me flying from Nassau, bahamas to Miami, Florida to meet David and Sara, the two producers of the documentary. There was also a German crew that would be tagging along, but our accomodations were not as nice as theirs. They were staying on a yacht, while the rest of us were staying a (60) foot, trawling boat, and our Captain’s name was Gene. He, had definitely spent way to much time at sea. He was convinced that there was a conspiracy to by the, then Bush Administraion to take over the world. Little did we know at the time that he was right.
Gene was roughly 6’3″ and resembled Grizzly Adams but with dark brown hair. His teeth were brown from the Tobbaco chew. His hands were big and rough, but he had an infectious laugh and a welcoming smile. I met the crew for the documentary at their headquarters and was then taken for dinner after we picked up the remaining cast. The players were Myself, Zoe (whose father was an Ambassador in the Bush Administration to Mexico), Hayden (the youngest member and her parents Lori and Bill) Travis (a young kid whose father was the General Manager of a hotel in Coconut Grove, Florida), Yoko and her brother Henry Takarada (from Miami, Florida), A Japanese Journalist from New York,
Stephen Mueller from Germany….
>> to be continued / the crew