with the dolphins
Bimini (Bahamas), 19 - 25 June 2004. The well-known animal
communicator Penolope Smith once again organized this year a
communication session with dolphins in the Bahamian turquoise
waters. Having been asked about the session by various people, I
shall provide hereafter a brief report on the training in which I
had the honour to take part with 24 additional persons of different
nationalities. For the occasion, a catamaran had been rented to the
Bottom Time company with 7 crew members, including a ten month-old
dog, Carolina. A normal day would start at 7:30 am with an awakening
yoga session on deck no.2 for those interested. Then, at 8:00 am, we
would be offered a sumptuous breakfast before the boat would weigh
anchor to meet the dolphins. In most cases the first encounters
would take place at about ten miles from shore. As soon as we would
hear "dolphins!" through the catamaran loud speakers , we
would get ready to jump into the sea with our fins and snorkel;
there we would remain as calm as possible, waiting for our hosts to
come by. Encounters were always magical . The clicks and hissing
noises of those lords of the seas very often enabled us to hear them
before we could actually see them. The visual encounter was moving.
Although free-roaming animals, the dolphins would come close as
close as 20 inches from us the strangers, on their own initiative,
alone or in a group. They would evaluate us, come and go as they
pleased, and sometimes would invite us to take part in their play.
Their presence, their sleek swimming and gentle exchanges were
somewhat unreal, almost magical, since each of us felt so much
integrated in their circle, accepted in their own world. We had all
agreed not to try to touch them or harass them in any way. Thus the
encounters only lasted until the mammals decided to bring them to an
end. Lunch was served at 12:00 p.m., allowing us also to have some
rest. Apneas would resume in the afternoons and ended at dinner
time. Weather permitting, the crew would organize night sessions
under the Bottom Time II projectors. If such was not the case,
thematic evenings would be arranged on board. It was most of the
time around midnight that the boldest of us would yield to sleep.
Dialogs with the dolphins took place spontaneously in the water or
during meditations organized for that purpose on the boat, according
to each one's capabilities. Sharing the results of the dialogs was
an additional source of wonder. Also, Penelope would give her advice
and support while at the same time keeping an eye open for problems.
As far as I am concerned, the interspecies exchanges have all been
rather brief, but incredibly energetic and cordial. "Could we
be friends ?" I once asked a dolphin who was about to leave.
"We are already so much more than friends..." was the answer
I received from this marvellous creature before he/she disappeared
in the oceanic blue depths. During six days and six nights, I had
the impression that Bimini was an entry point of the paradise and
that some guardian angels visited human beings in the guise of
dolphins. In any case, I strongly recommend that type of experiment
to those who have dreamed of it, because it is a way of giving to
peaceful coexistence a wonderful meaning.
Animal-com does not presently
organize cruises of the kind.
Those interested should therefore directly contact Penelope Smith at
the following address: