|Going 'Nose to Whisker' with Sea Lions in Mexico|
Darren Parkman - Metro World News
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October 25, 2010
Swimming with dolphins has long been a favourite tourist attraction along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, but how about doing laps alongside big blubbery sea lions?
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Just outside downtown Puerto Vallarta, you can literally get “nose to whiskers” with these friendly giants.
For around 75 bucks, Vallarta Adventures offers a rare chance to get up close and personal with several well-trained lions.
Sure, I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated - in fact downright worried - about splashing around in the same pool with a 1,500 pound hairy creature, but my new friend Cassandra the lion, soon put my mind at ease.
She swam right up, threw a welcoming flipper around my fragile neck, gave me a big hug and planted a big wet, fishy kiss on me.
OK, admittedly it was the most affection I'd had in a while, but I really could have lived without that overpowering tuna breath.
That aside, the whole experience really was downright fascinating. These mammals are darned intelligent, and love to frolick with humans in a fun, and thankfully, non-life-threatening way.
After swimming with, feeding and just hanging out with my new deep-sea friend, I was even ready for the grand finale.
Cassandra got a good head start and suddenly flew out of the water directly over my head, leaving me uncrushed, and a little sad it was all over.
It’s a highly recommended once in a lifetime experience.
Hey, when are you going to get kissed by a 1,500-pound monster named Cassandra again?