Wed AM, coffee overlooking the ocean, then we were off to Dolphin Cove. Connie chose the program where people stand on a platform in waist deep water and interact with the dolphins. I went with a group in flotation vests out into the lagoon. The animals are amazing, they give kisses and will float on their back and let you hand on while they tow you. The handlers had them chatter and jump and they seemed to be okay with it all. Before we started, one boy was jumping up out of the water onto a low platform, rolling around, then "falling"off the edge with a big splash. He did it a couple times. We saw them swim and jump together. The handlers said it takes about a year to train them, they use whistles, hand signals and lots of squid treats. Of course it seems sort of commercial, it's $100. plus for the encounter then discs of your pictures are on sale after for $99.
After the dolphins I got on the boat to go back to Stingray City. Connie came back to the hotel as she wasn't interested in going again. This was a bigger boat with lots of people, many from a Celebrity cruise ship. There were a lot of other boats at the sand bar, too. But our guys chummed the water and had several guys in the water to hold the rays and let people see them. I took my snorkel and mask and got to see some of the rays swimming. They just glide around. We got to feed some ourselves and there were plenty of rays to see and touch. One of the handles caught a young one, maybe as big as the palms of his hand. He held her and let us touch but protected her as she is still not so used to people. Back on the boat and more pictures for sale. I didn't buy any, hoping i got some good shots with my underwater camera.
Back to the hotel, bought a can of almonds and went to see Professor Lover Boy, now aka Dr No No Polly want a Ho Ho. I dropped the almonds in his food dish, his beak and his claws are pretty sharp. I tried to get him to talk a little but he just squawked for nuts. He picked them up out of the dish with his left claw, hung on to the dish with the right, then with the nut between his ?talons? he ate away. His feathers are such beautiful colors and he can look you right in the eye and make such a connection.
After a shower and a rest, we went down to the beachside restaurant for lobster night. The sun had just set and the horizon was a beautiful pink. We had a glass of bubbly, lobster spring roll, bisque with a small slice of a grilled cheese sandwich, then a lobster tail with mashed tators and veggies. We also got to taste the lobster thermidor and the lobster mac and cheese. And for dessert.........key lime pie and sticky toffee cake. The portions were small, except for the lobster tail, and we didn't eat all of everything, but still were stuffed. Our favorite waiter, Walter, was there and we got European cheek kisses on the way out. I think a lot of people treat the wait staff here like robots, don't talk to them like people. Connie and I like to talk and laugh with them. The service here has been top notch, people go out of their way to do things for you. If you say thank you, they always say you are very welcome or it is my pleasure.
Well, hate to say it but we have to get ready to leave tomorrow. Not looking forward to getting back to cold weather, but will be glad to see my puddie tats.