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TIMSO enjoys dolphin cruise

by Karin Wanscher, TIMSO president

 

Despite a little rain on Feb. 12, the Travel Industry Management Student Organization (TIMSO) still fielded 53 people, including faculty members Dr. Jerry Agrusa and Wendy Coats, for a little socializing, BBQ, fun, and whale/dolphin watching aboard the Rainbow.

 

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 appeared.

The dolphins were in a playful mood and stayed close to the boat, almost as if they were performing stunts for the students, and 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 students to 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 need to develop sustainable tourism practices so that both the industry and the wildlife of the island, on which it depends, prosper.

 

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