Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves,
striking up first-time conversations with fellow students,
while watching the fins of some nearby whales.
Thirty minutes into the tour the rain started pouring down,
but the students jumped onto the deck the moment the dolphins
The dolphins were in a playful mood and stayed close to the
boat, almost as if they were performing stunts for the students,
providing many great photo opportunities.
The dolphin cruise was the first event of the semester for
TIMSO. It was planned, in part, to help introduce new TIM
their more senior counterparts as well as to promote future events.
The tour took on special importance because new state restrictions
are expected to impact future dolphin tours. Environmentalists
claim that the tours are negatively impacting the dolphin population,
and in what is called an attempt to salvage the islands’ precious
dolphin populations, a minimal number of tours operators will
now be permitted to continue operations.
The event was also a way of helping TIM students realize
how tourism is affected by environmental issues, and the
develop sustainable tourism practices so that both the industry
and the wildlife of the island, on which it depends, prosper.