Amazing Kids! Magazine

Dolphin Encounter: Mauritius

By Aryaman Sheth, Photography Editor

 

I went on a dolphin-watching tour at half past seven in the morning; the sea was calm although the current was swift. The sky was bright blue, and the sand glittered across the beautiful beach. As I walked towards the glass bottom boat, I shivered as the cold water met my feet. It was an extremely breezy day; we had to pass through a channel to get past the corals, which were surrounding the Mauritian island. When we reached the dolphin-viewing spot, there were numerous boats filled with tourists; most of them were taking dips and swimming with the dolphins in the chilly water. The dolphins were beautiful; bobbing over the waves, they seemed extremely graceful and calm despite the fact that there were humans entering their territory. There were around 15 to 20 dolphins playfully swimming in the turquoise-colored ocean; however, there was one small dolphin, which seemed to be irritated by all the noise and attention towards him. I soon got ready to take a swim, wearing my flippers and snorkeling mask (which I had never done before) and jumping into the ocean. When I entered the water, I was surprised to realize that the water was not as cold as I expected it to be. I tried dipping my head underwater, and I could breathe fine. But suddenly, water entered my mask, and on my second attempt water entered my mouth. Thus, I wasn’t able to swim with the dolphins and had to return to the boat.

After that experience, I dried off and continued to view the majestic creatures from the boat. After around 20 minutes, we headed back to the shore. All in all, it was a great experience, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is going to Mauritius for a holiday!

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