Oh, no, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more charming than a wildlife encounter. You can be kissed by a seal and a dolphin in Dolphin Marine Magic and it’s included in the price of your entry ticket. You can also do the swim with them, but it requires extra costs (definitely too much for our pockets). We went there on our first day in Coffs Harbour encouraged by our friends and totally loved it. We were allowed to put our hands in the pool and touch dolphins’ bellies while they were swimming in circles. Being so close to them and then receiving a true kiss on the cheek was an absolute highlight of this experience (the seal kiss feels much softer though – as we also had a chance to find this out).
Being there we had an impression that these animals were all lucky survivors rescued by the staff of the park, as there were plenty of posters presenting these sorts of cases from the past. But our friends who are true animal welfare activists and know the place as well as it’s previous owner, introduced us to the other side of the story: ‘(…)The native wildlife was all removed from the pet porpoise pool, & the pool has stopped assisting with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, for the exception of marine turtles. The animals are being exploited for financial gain, and there is no longer a priority on animal welfare, but rather on how much money each animal can bring to the park.(…)’. This is just a small sample. If you’re interested in finding out more about this issue, this is a link to Facebook page that gives detailed information about the situation.
Apart from this sweet-bitter experience we’ve had the best time in Coffs Harbour with our friends who were trying to take us everywhere possible in a very short period of time. Thank you Verné & Troy! 🙂
It’s been almost a year since we visited and because Christmas time is coming, it also reminded me of these beautiful lights displays you can only see in this lovely town. Check it out here!