Here at Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa and Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, we have something that most all inclusive resorts don’t have on property – dolphins! There is something about these awesome sea creatures that we just can’t get enough of. They’re sweet (and sassy at times), smart and sensitive – some of the best qualities that mammals can have. Since our dolphins are a huge hit with our guests, we decided to interview two dolphin trainers at Dreams Cancun & Dreams Puerto Aventuras. They gave us the inside scoop on what their jobs are like!
Our featured dolphin trainer from Delphinus Dreams Cancun is Sandra Guerra Molina, a Cancun native. Sandra has been with us for the last 8 years, and she has been such a pleasure to have on board. At Dolphin Dreams in Dreams Puerto Aventuras, we chose to feature Leila Zukkour Perez from Mexico City. Leila has been at Dreams Puerto Aventuras for only 2 months, but she has been with Dolphin Dreams for the past 4 years. We asked Sandra and Leila some questions, and here is what they had to say:
Dreams: Why did you want to be a dolphin trainer?
Sandra: I love animals (especially dolphins) and I’ve always wanted to work with them and take care of them.
Leila: I love the opportunity to interact with dolphins and observe/change their behaviors.
Dreams: What is your favorite part about your position and why?
Sandra: My favorite part of my job is learning everything that there is to know about dolphins, including their natural behaviors. I also love to teach our guests about them and watch them swim together, especially with kids. I’ve shared so many special moments training dolphins, and I’ve witnessed so many of them with our guests!
Leila: My favorite part of the job is that I get to not only work with the dolphins, but also with the other trainers, photographers, and the resort staff. We are a big, happy family!
Dreams: Who is your favorite dolphin that you work with, and why?
Sandra: My favorite dolphin is Waay. He is so smart, active, and he challenges me every day.
Leila: My favorite dolphins are Aitana and Carelo, because they were the first 2 baby dolphins that I had the opportunity to train.
Dreams: Tell me one fun fact about dolphins that we may not already know.
Sandra: Dolphins produce more than 3,000 different sounds through their blow-holes! Also, they form close bonds and relationships with each other (just like us)!
Leila: Dolphins are very considerate of each other when it comes to different behaviors. For example, when dolphins are doing a foot-push together (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKyoBTMnvSU), they wait for each other to make sure that one is not left behind!
Dreams: Tell me about your best memory you’ve had working for your dolphinarium.
Sandra: I formed such a strong bond with one of the dolphins that I was training, that she became very attached to me at one point, and it felt really special for me. Also, my favorite memories are teaching little kids about the dolphins and watching them swim together – its always so cute to watch!
Leila: There was an 8-year old guest that visited once that had an allergy to salt water, but he had dreamed of swimming with the dolphins since he could remember. We made a special program just for him so that he could be in a kayak and still be able to have similar interactions with the dolphins, as if he were swimming in the water with them. It made me so happy to see this child happy!
Dreams: Why would you recommend that guests have the dolphin experience when they visit Dreams Cancun or Dreams Puerto Aventuras?
Sandra: Guests should do Delphinus when they visit, because they will learn all about these incredible mammals. They will learn awareness about protecting animals and the ecosystem as well, which I think is very important. There aren’t many places where you can actually swim with dolphins – so here’s your perfect opportunity to do so!
Leila: Not all of the hotels have a dolphinarium outside of it, where you can look outside of your room’s balcony and see these awesome creatures interact in the water. Also, you can do other things with dolphins other than just swimming, such as kayaking.
Visit the Dreams Cancun and Dreams Puerto Aventuras dolphin experience pages to learn more about the dolphinariums!
Dolphin Experience at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa (Don’t forget about our Free Fall, Free Swim promotion – it ends August 31st!)