When we first arrived, we helped do a bit of research – Kathleen deployed the “yellow baby” (aka the SM2M unit) and also helped Rebecca finish up some of her control sessions. We were then guinea pigs and got to snorkel in the new snorkel area being planned for guests between the sea lions and dolphins. We saw a HUGE lobster and a few tinier fish.
After our snorkel, we got the chance to watch a sea lion training session and encounter. The sea lion was PJ who starred in the movie Andre and also PJ & the Stinkers. The trainers use a vocal bridge instead of a whistle as for the dolphins. The hugs and funny faces the sea lions make are just hysterical.
We then had lunch and got to play on some of the inflatable thingees – it was fun. But, then we saw little thimble jellies and we decided to get out of the water.
The afternoon brought us to our swim with the dolphins. This was very cool and really fun. We got a hug, a kiss and did a few dances before we had foot-pushes.
We wrapped up the day with an extra snorkel – we were in the water lots today! And, since it was a day mostly with sunshine, we all got a bit sunburned.
We head home tomorrow – but we learned a lot and did many different things!
Tomorrow, we travel home.
It has been a great class!
The 2012 ECCs!