Victor and Michelle Portugues, along with daughter Gabriella Rodriguez and her friend Maria Vigoreaux, all of Puerto Rico, were the first guests to participate in the new Sea Lion Encounter Program offered by Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island.
The Sea Lion Encounter Program, the first of its kind in The Bahamas, is based on Dolphin Encounters' highly successful and award-winning dolphin interactive programs and allows guests to meet California sea lions up-close in their pristine all-natural marine mammal habitat.
"It is with great pleasure that we welcomed the Portugues family and their friend as the first guests of our exciting new Sea Lion Program," said Robert Meister, Managing Director of Dolphin Encounters Ltd. "One of the few programs of its kind in the world, the Sea Lion Encounter is truly unique as it allows guests to interact with these extraordinarily playful animals face-to-face in a fun and educational experience. The Portugues family is the first to participate in our sea lion encounter and we wanted to mark the occasion with a celebration."
Kim Terrell, Marine Mammal Director of Dolphin Encounters greeted the family and introduced them to PJ, a female sea lion. Standing on specially designed, waist-deep water platforms immersed in a calm, private lagoon, the guests were able to pet, kiss, hug, feed and interact with PJ face-to-face. The 30-minute program also allows plenty of time for guests to ask questions and learn about marine mammals.
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