$95 for a Shallow-Water Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Cove ($155 Value)

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Walk out into a natural lagoon to meet dolphins such as Nica and Isaac, who love to shake hands, perform flips, and receive belly rubs

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Expires Feb 16th, 2013. Reservation required. Subject to weather conditions. Must be 3 or older; must be taller than 54 inches or be accompanied by guardian. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid Dec. 21, 2012 through Jan. 5, 2013. Must speak English fluently. Not valid for pregnant women. Must meet in-water requirements. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

$95 for a Shallow Water Dolphin Encounter ($155 Value)

During the Shallow Water Dolphin Encounter, guests walk out into a natural lagoon, allowing waters to reach their waists. Once surrounded by water, they exchange handshakes and belly rubs with dolphins, such as Elvis, Nica, and Isaac. Trainers also show participants hand signals that cue the marine mammals to respond. Guests take turns entering the water, typically six at a time, to interact with one or two dolphins. The encounter does not have a set duration, rather it's based on a series of behaviors that the dolphins perform at their own pace. Encounters take place daily at 10 a.m. Nonparticipating visitors may also join for additional fee—$10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 7–17, and free for children aged 6 and younger.

Dolphin Cove

Like all dolphins, Elvis loves to chase fish, leap into the air, and paint abstract-expressionist artwork. He does, however, need a human to hand him a brush, which is where the Painting with Dolphins program comes in. This is just one of the initiatives at Dolphin Cove that reveals these marine mammals' fascinating behaviors. In a natural lagoon, trainers facilitate human-dolphin relations through encounters such as swimming with, snorkeling beside, or rubbing the belly of Elvis and his cohorts. The dolphins may also regale guests with antics such as sharing their favorite toys or showing off a new behavior. Dolphin Cove's additional services include the Trainer for a Day program and a live webcam, which was an idea Elvis brought from his background in IT.

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