How to have it all – live in paradise, swim with wild dolphins, teach conservation, and make a good living

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There is a sense of magic when dolphins turn and look up at you as they catch a ride on the bow of your boat, or when you dive into the clear water and hear the ocean filled with the sounds of humpback whales singing. And if you are lucky, and catch them before they settle in for sleep – you may be able to swim with wild dolphins…every day.
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Top-rated Wild Side Tours (rated #1 on Trip Advisor on Oahu, Hawaii) is for sale – and if you have the passion, resources, and desire you can take advantage of a rare opportunity to have a life most of us only dream of.
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Wild Dolphin Foundation's Tori Cullins
Wild Dolphin Foundation‘s Tori Cullins

Owner Tori Cullins is retiring, having fulfilled her dream of a life focused on the whales and dolphins of Hawaii, in order to pursue another; rehabilitating horses. She rescued a pony that was left to die in a garbage dump, and is now inspired to continue helping horses in need.
Having decided to sell the tour business she co-owns with her husband Armin, she is now looking for the right person to take it over. She is in no hurry to sell, and is looking for someone with a genuine passion for whales and dolphins to take over the tours that she has so carefully put together.
The boats, crews, contacts, and tours are included, just bring your dreams!
The boats, crews, contacts, and tours are included in the business, just bring your dreams!

These curious false killer whales were filmed with the boat’s GoPro camera (wait for the grin!).

Her top requirement is that the buyer is conscientious in how they take visitors to swim with the wild dolphins, and must be willing to alter the tours if the dolphins show any sign of avoidance and the guests appreciate this sensitive approach:

“My family spent an amazing morning swimming with a pod of around 40 dolphins and then we swam with lots of delightful Green Seas Turtles. Elizabeth and Jake were very friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and most importantly very protective of the environment and the welfare of the dolphins and turtles. We observed many other tour operators in the area who did not show the same respect. We were provided with a lovely “local” style lunch and all the equipment supplied was of good quality. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend Wild Side to anyone.” Trip Advisor review.

Humpback whales right offshore, photographed during a wildlife tour.
Humpback whales right offshore, photographed during a wildlife tour.
It seems that there is always something to see, even if swimming with the dolphins doesn’t work out – the following dolphins and whales frequent the region:
Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
Rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis)
Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris)
Dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima)
Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris)
Melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra)
False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris)
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
Pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata)
Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)
Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps)
Killer whale (Orcinus orca)
Longman’s beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus)
Fraser’s dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei)
These baleen whales have been encountered:
Bryde’s whale
Fin whale
Humpback whale (regular winter visitors)
Minke whale
Sei whale
Blue whale
Your dream awaits! More information can be found on the Wild Side Tours sale page.
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Why we love the ocean, and what we can do to help

Dr. Sylvia Earle
Dr. Sylvia Earle

“I’m haunted by the thought of what Ray Anderson calls “tomorrow’s child,” asking why we didn’t do something on our watch to save sharks and bluefin tuna and squids and coral reefs and the living ocean while there still was time.”  Sylvia Earle.

According to Dr. Wallace J Nichols, author of Blue Mind, we are programmed to love the ocean – it soothes out the stresses we experience and puts us in a meditative state. Whatever the reason, most of us love the seashore and all of us need a healthy ocean in order to survive – we’ve made a mess of it and need to make changes quickly if we’re going to save the oceans.
Scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle has been sounding an alarm about the ocean for years, and her message is that in addition to making lifestyle changes each one of us can use our  skills to do something to make a difference. I wish you would use all means at your disposal —films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet…For the children of today, for tomorrow’s child: as never again, now is the time.”

From the transcript of Dr. Earle’s Ted Talk (above):

Fifty years ago, when I began exploring the ocean, no one — not Jacques Perrin, not Jacques Cousteau or Rachel Carson — imagined that we could do anything to harm the ocean by what we put into it or by what we took out of it. It seemed, at that time, to be a sea of Eden, but now we know, and now we are facing paradise lost.

I want to share with you my personal view of changes in the sea that affect all of us, and to consider why it matters that in 50 years, we’ve lost — actually, we’ve taken, we’ve eaten — more than 90 percent of the big fish in the sea; why you should care that nearly half of the coral reefs have disappeared; why a mysterious depletion of oxygen in large areas of the Pacific should concern not only the creatures that are dying, but it really should concern you. It does concern you, as well.

I’m haunted by the thought of what Ray Anderson calls “tomorrow’s child,” asking why we didn’t do something on our watch to save sharks and bluefin tuna and squids and coral reefs and the living ocean while there still was time. Well, now is that time. I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health and, in so doing, secure hope for humankind. Health to the ocean means health for us.

And I hope Jill Tarter’s wish to engage Earthlings includes dolphins and whales and other sea creatures in this quest to find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. And I hope, Jill, that someday we will find evidence that there is intelligent life among humans on this planet.

The message of World Oceans Day  (June 8th) is that we can do something  – small changes made by everyone will make a difference to the health of the oceans and ultimately to the planet. They suggest the following to give you ideas:
-I pledge to buy sustainable fish
-I pledge to ask my local grocer to stick sustainable seafood
-I pledge to not eat meat on Mondays
-I pledge to bring reusable bags to the grocery store
-I pledge to get a resuable water bottle
-I pledge to bike to work one day a week instead of drive
-I pledge to shop a thrift store first instead of buying new
-I pledge to buy local food first

You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect? Whatever it is, a fraction of one percent is not enough. ” Sylvia Earle

 #WaveForChange   #WorldOceansDay