Friday, April 25, 2014

Day 1662 - Pet Porpoise Pool

Want to get up close and personal with a dolphin?

The Pet Porpoise Pool, Coffs Harbour

As a beach loving family we respect and admire everything that the ocean has to offer. Sure I may shit myself as my legs dangle in the sea, but it doesn't mean I don't appreciate the creatures within.  Tahlia in particular has always had a big love for dolphins which is why she had her first dolphin encounter t the age of 6 at the Pet Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour.  Fast forward eight years and she did it again yesterday with her younger brother in tow.



Many years ago I had a dolphin "swim" at Sea World on the Gold Coast.  It was nice. I loved it.  And the dolphin and seal shows at Sea World are spectacular. But if you want to get up close and personal with these amazing mammals for a more intimate and somewhat "private" experience, I recommend the Pet Porpoise Pool.

The cost of the dolphin experience yesterday was around $180 per person.  For a fuller dolphin swim you are looking at around $400 per person.

The shallow option that we took was well worth the money.  With only four people in the group you really get to know the dolphin. Touch, interact, feed, talk, play, kiss and cuddle.

The best part about the Pet Porpoise Pool is that you don't have to spend that kind of money to get seal and dolphin engagement. Every day you can line up for free to get kissed by a seal and/or kissed by a dolphin.  It's all part of your park entry and the cost of a professional photo.  Plus you can also feed the seal and (if you are selected from the crowd) you can also feed the dolphins.

It's only a very small marine park and there isn't much to see, but what you do see is up close and very personal.

For our dolphin encounters it's our park of choice.


Free seal kisses

Free seal kisses

Free dolphin kisses

The dolphin experience

The dolphin experience

The dolphin experience

The dolphin experience


Note: The animals in this park are part of a rescue program.  Their oldest dolphin is 44 years old and she has been released many times but continues to get hurt/trapped in nets etc so they have taken her back permanently as she just doesn't have the smarts to make it in the wild.  Any of the animals born in the park stay there as they have no way of educating them to the ways of the world.  Other animals come in injured, they are cared for and then released again. No animal is captured purely for the purposes of entertainment. 


4 comments :

  1. I get scared dangling my feet in too! But I have to say I've always wanted to get up close to a dolphin. I love them because they always look like they're smiling. Lovely photos and such a happy post :)

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  2. That is on my wishlist right now. How absolutely amazing. :)

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  3. What a beautiful experience Leanne. I've said it before but you're kids are stunning!

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  4. Wow how amazing to get this up close and personal with these amazing creatures, what an experience! JELLY!

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