The ‘flipper syndrome’ finds a misconception within humanity that perceives dolphins as always friendly, playful, touchable and huggable. A false impression created by captivity, t.v and the media. This has resulted in humans automatically thinking that dolphins are playthings. When encountering dolphins in the wild one must always take into regard that we are visitors into their world. Dolphins need time to be dolphins! They need to rest, travel, socialise and hunt.  Dolphins should never be pursued for an encounter, they should visit you out of their own free will, because they want to.
There are many places that offer the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild. Ensure that you entrust your dolphin encounter to those that have the dolphins best interests at heart and who are experienced. Remember too many boats stress them out, as do too many aggressive human swimmers.

Ethical Marine Mammal Tourism operators put the animals first. They follow one boat policies and have a strict in-water code of conduct in order to reduce stress for wild dolphins and whales. 

DOLPHINCARE SWIM CODE - the bare necessities! 

The mere thought of swimming with dolphins for many conjures up images of calm indigo blue seas filled with the buzzing energy of wild and friendly dolphins. This however is not always the case. You cannot expect or predict the dolphins behaviour at any given time.

Refrain from swimming with marine mammals unless with qualified and authorised personnel. 

If in the event you find yourself in the company of marine mammals, remain calm. 

Do not attempt to feed dolphins or any wildlife.

Do not swim towards or after them. 

Refrain from diving down and NEVER touch (this applies to everything living in the marine environment). 

For the Love of Dolphins
Angie Gullan
Dolphin Encountours Research Center in support of DolphinCare.Org
Village Square, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique (next to BCI)
Tel: +258 84 330-3859
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