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I went swimming with dolphins on vacation—and why I’ll never do it again

While I thought dolphins were social creatures who always smiled and wanted to swim with us, I have since learned that this isn't the case.

dolphin with head sticking out of water during daytime

Written by: Joe Loria, Meat Reduction Campaign Manager, World Animal Protection, US

I was 11 when my family decided to go on a cruise through the Mexican Riveria. It was beautiful, stopping in ports along the Baja Peninsula and the western coast of Mexico. The day before we were expected to dock at Puerto Vallarta, my dad approached my sister and me about an excursion he had booked after seeing it in a brochure in the ship's lobby.

Knowing how much I've always loved animals, he was excited to share that he had signed us up to swim with dolphins.

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