The dolphin aquarium can be found at 38 Las Palmas Avenue in Nuevo
. While visiting its facilities you would be able
to perform the following activities:
- 'Swimming among dolphins', is a rather peculiar
experience, a striking close-up view to the marvellous world
of the bottle nose dolphins. The visitors will not only be able
to swim among them, but to play with them as well, hug them,
caress them and even having a ride on their backs and their
bellies. This program lasts 90 minutes and starts with the projection
of an enlightening video about the peculiarities of the species,
teaching us some of the usual tricks and jiving the trainers
employ when training them.
- 'Encounter with the dolphins', for about 75 minutes
you will be in a expressly created pool. There you will observe
the physical characteristics of these cetaceans while being
able to touch and caress their soft skins, you will also be
able to feed them and to put in practice some of the basic signalling
performed by the trainers.
Before getting into the pool, a professional trainer will brief you about the psychology, anatomy and communicating behaviour of the mischievous bottle nose dolphins.
- 'Trainer for a day', is an option which allows to
spend all of the day in the company of dolphins, sharing all
the tasks of the team of experts in care of these animals. The
visitor will be allowed to tending and feeding, as well as to
learn many other facts about the amazing ways of communication
that these intelligent animals possess.
- 'Dolphins for kids', is a program created for youngsters
between 4 and 8 years old. The kids, pending their parents authorisation,
will touch and play with the cheerful dolphins, under the strict
gaze of the regular trainers.
Before leaving the pool, the children will get a hug and a kiss from these friendly animals.
Between June and December the biggest
turtle camp of the world is assembled in the Bay of Banderas, in
order to protect the eggs lay by the Gulf Tortoises (Lepidochelys
olivacea), which arrive three times per season to lay their eggs
on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta
With each laying, between 80 and 120 eggs per individual are buried in the beach, which are subsequently picked up and transported by caring people to specially made hatcheries located in some of the most important hotels in the area, with the goal of dwindling their chances to become victimised by predators.
Within these hatcheries, the scientists perform many research endeavours with the help of dozens of volunteers, which, besides the help they grant to the studies, have the mission of spreading around the importance of preserving the species. A very complicated task indeed, keeping in mind that throughout the past years, the gastronomic coastal tradition actually includes turtle meat and eggs as one of its main ingredients.
The scientific researches have proved that only five of every 1.000 turtles reaches an adult age. It is also known that the reproductive maturity of these animals is only attained at an age between 8 and 12 years, and that of the 8 known species of turtles which exist in the planet, seven do actually lay their eggs on the Mexican shores, and always on the same beaches.