Delphinus, a Chance to Play with Dolphins

Have you ever wanted to swim with dolphins? It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Do you worry that when you do, though, that it will be inhumane/not moral, especially with all the backlash to Sea World after the Blackfish documentary? Though I have mixed feelings on that whole situation, I felt excited to swim with dolphins at Delphinus. I like and respect Delphinus, as their dolphins are no longer taken from the wild. They are bred in captivity, and they all seem happy and willing to play. This is the life that they know. And a large portion of the proceeds at Delphinus go to giving back to marine science and dolphin health/awareness. That’s something that I can get behind.

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As far as the enclosure, the company has government and specialized international organizations in animal welfare that monitor and approve their daily operations, so the spaces for the dolphins right next to the ocean is the ideal environment for them to be held in. They are passionate in providing animal welfare programs, and I support that.

I originally booked the “Couples Dream Swim” there to attend with my friend Candace, as she wanted to get as up close with the dolphins as she could. Unfortunately, she was unable to make the trip in the end, so I wound up going by myself. I had a good laugh with the trainer, as I felt silly in a couples swim alone. I assured them that I wasn’t just dumped. Haha.

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I was a little intimidated as I got in the water, but after a few minutes I was having a lot of fun. Dolphins are highly intelligent and playful creatures, so it was an honor to be swimming and playing with them. They loved belly rubs, and they were excited to hang out and do tricks for treats.

Then, I got up close and personal with a beautiful 40-year-old grandma dolphin. The trainer showed me the different parts of the dolphin’s body structure, and he explained that dolphins shed their skin every two hours. Talk about wild! This dolphin was particularly sweet. She kept swimming over to me as I was talking with the trainer, flipping over for belly rubs.

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I left with an increased knowledge about dolphin and marine life, and I truly enjoyed my time playing with these majestic creatures. If you want to give to a place that supports these beautiful creatures, Delphinus is the place for you.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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