The snorkelling tour was called “swimming with dolphins”, but you don’t really swim with dolphins. You just float on the surface, staring down through your snorkel mask, and watch in awe as they whizz past. There’s no chance that you’d ever keep up with them by swimming.
Your jaw would be hanging open in amazement if it weren’t for the fact that it’s holding the snorkel in place to provide you with oxygen.
The really curious thing is that when you go on a dolphin safari, you watch dolphins as they sleep. Not that they sleep like we do. They sleep by turning off half of their brains at a time and keep swimming. When they’re hunting, they function on full brain, diving deep and staying underwater for 50 minutes at a time. They’re hard to spot then. But when they’re sleeping, they need to breathe every 3-5 minutes. They’re much easier to find when they have to come up for air so frequently.
We were blessed with being able to swim with 60 dolphins off the Big Island of Hawai‘i this week. It was a beautiful experience.