Perth-based film, literature and script writing student.
Published October 4th 2011
If I could be any animal I would be a dolphin. There's just something about them that makes me smile. I am lucky enough to live near the beach, and when I see those grey dorsal fins break the surface of the glittering water, I am rendered incapable of doing anything except stare, waiting for the fins to dip and reappear again. Of course, I'm not the only one entranced by these playful creatures. Nine times out of ten when dolphins appear close to the shore, people will try to wade out to them. I don't blame them, but from experience I know their attempts will be unrewarded. Dolphins aren't tame, and naturally they will swim away when approached, regardless of how gentle you are.
At least, that's what I thought. It would seem I was wrong. There is, in fact, a way to get up close and personal with wild dolphins, and it doesn't involve feeding them or doing anything that harms their natural state. Rockingham Wild Encounter's Swim With Wild Dolphins allows you to swim with real wild dolphins, in their natural habitat and with the dolphins' complete free will.
If you're expecting them to jump through hoops to eat a fish out of a staff member's hand, then this is not the activity for you. For that you should go to Sea World. If, however, you would love to see these wonderful creatures in their own environment, completely natural and at ease with the people around them, then this is something that I highly recommend.
The tour is very fun, and I was enjoying myself before I even got into the water. The staff members were friendly and professional, and there is plenty of opportunity to socialize with other people on the tour. There are all sorts of people from different walks of life on the tour, as there are usually quite a few overseas tourists, which gives you plenty to talk about. As a "local", I found it just as enjoyable to watch others' first experience with snorkeling and interacting with dolphins; their enjoyment made me feel proud and lucky to live in a city which allows such an opportunity.
Should you decide to go on a tour, there is an option to be picked up from Perth CBD, nearby hotels, or you can simply meet the team at the jetty if you happen to live close by.
Summer is well and truly on its way, so if you are looking for something special and memorable to do, then visit the website and see for yourself the range of activities available, as well as the dolphin swim. Afterwards, ask yourself "what animal would I be?" and I think we will all know what your answer is.