Magic-al Thanksgiving Cruise - Tenders and Iguanas and Stingrays, Oh My!
|Hopefully, not the last photos with a functional iPhone.|
|Mom, why is the ship bouncing up and down next to us?|
As the catamaran approached the north end of the sound they gathered everyone around to explain, with the aid of “Fluffy” the stingray how the stings are defensive and unless you stomp on them (and thus are mistaken for a shark) you are highly unlikely to get stung.
Chris decided to don all of his protective equipment, snorkel, mask, reflective vest and all.
|Mom I don't look goofy, do I?|
|No honey, of course not! You're adorable|
Let me explain. Basically he didn’t like naps when he was younger but still clearly needed a midday rest time. My compromise involved him laying down and watching travel channel and nature documentaries, Planet Earth DVDs and in several instances, Samantha Brown specials. One in particular involved her swimming with stingrays. Chris thought this looked great and since he started swim lessons around that time it became a far out goal. So here he was.
I don't know if he didn't understand how deep the water was going to be or if he is extremely confident, regardless of swimming strength, but he had no troubles hopping right in or climbing off the back of the boat. Once swimming, it was a bit of a different matter. As soon as he got out of the open water and over to where I could touch the bottom, Chris started enjoying it a load more.
If your child is under four feet tall or not a strong swimmer, keep in mind that this may freak them out. From their perspective this excursion is an open water swim with stingrays that outnumber and outweigh them. I suggest the Castaway Cay Stingray experience instead if you’re unsure, as that is a very good excursion with many of the same elements but in knee deep waters.
He managed to get not a single shot of an iguana, which, in retrospect is pretty impressive as they are literally everywhere.
|Chris wore his stingray shirt waiting for our tender to depart.|
|I'm not crew, I just dress like them.|