Once upon a time there were
four girls. They formed a group in a gifted resource class. It was
called the Leap'n Dolphins.
They soon became great
friends and started a web site on Dolphins called "Leap
Into The World Of Dolphins". Some of our original
friends and team members moved away from the state but once the
group became solid we all became great friends. Soon we
started going on field trips.
The first field trip was to
Discovery Cove at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. There we
had the opportunity to swim with sting rays, fish, and
dolphins. Also, the four of us interviewed one of the
Dolphin Trainers at Discovery Cove by the name of Paul Kaminski.
Paul Kaminski has worked
with Dolphins for many years at the Sea World Facility. Some
of the things he taught us were things that only someone who had
constant close contact with dolphins would know. One of the
things we learned from him that stands out in our minds the most
is that the dolphins are not doing "tricks".
Instead they are actually exhibiting a natural behavior through
encouragement. The encouragement is of course a food reward.
We also went on a field trip
to Canaveral National Sea Shore near the Kennedy Space Center,
Florida. There, we met a professional story teller by the
name of Ada Forney. She entertained us with
amazing stories that combined dolphins and Greek
Mythology. This went right along with our group's
The same day we went down to
the beach that is called Playa Linda which means Beautiful Beach
in Spanish. There we ate our lunches with Ada.
She played a tape for us on the Mythological Greek Story of Eris
and the Golden Apple. It was very relaxing.
During our stroll on the
beach. We rescued a baby hammer head shark. (What are
the chances?) It had washed up on the beach and was not
strong enough to swim back into the surf on its own. So, we
carried it out into the water, beyond the waves and released
it. He swam away and it made us all feel so good about
We have all shared so many
wonderful experiences together and we really hope you have enjoyed
reading about them and seeing them here. Thanks for