Hi! Welcome to my About Me page.
I have always loved animals. As a little girl I would “nurse” flies with broken wings back to health, sneak stray dogs and cats into the house (much to my mother’s dismay), and spend hours in the marsh collecting frogs, snakes, and other creatures. Once an adult, I was able to turn my love of animals into some pretty exciting adventures. Some highlights include:
- Swimming with reef sharks during a shark feeding expedition in Tahiti (what was I thinking!)
- Blue water rafting with humpback whales in Hawaii (huge whales swimming under our tiny raft — awesome). Did you know you can hear them “sing” if you listen under water?
- Snorkeling with giant stingrays (a truly beautiful experience), amazing tropical fish, nurse sharks, and schools of barracuda (!)
- Being chased across the street and around a parked RV by a rather large and angry female moose (very funny but terrifyingly so)
- Donning a wetsuit and swimming with the gentle manatees in Crystal River, Florida (one of my all-time favorite life adventures)
- Hanging around on a La Jolla beach with the always playful harbor seals (this is one of the rare places where you can get so close to them)
- Watching a newly born white-tailed deer explore his\her world (’nuff said).
I can honestly tell you that none of these experiences compare to how you feel when a wild dolphin decides to join you out in the open ocean. When you find yourself eye-to-eye with a dolphin that has chosen to spend time with you, I promise you won’t soon forget it.
For more than 20 years I have been vacationing with wild dolphins. I do have a few factors working in my favor: a husband who works for the airlines and can skillfully captain a boat, and an extended family that is always up for an adventure. Over the years, we have had some incredible and unforgettable encounters. You can too!
I hope this site inspires you to spend time with dolphins in the wild. More importantly, I hope it helps you see that wild dolphin watching is a much more exciting and humane alternative to captive “swim with dolphin” programs.
Jo Anne Lowney
P.S. The blog header picture was taken by my sister (Cheryl Frederick) on our boat in Marco Island, Florida. Nice!