Scuba diving with the stingrays at Stingray City in Grand Cayman is remarkable. To be surrounded by dozens of graceful floating pelagics is amazing, and unfortunately since Steve Irwin’s untimely death they have gotten a bad rap.
The witnessing of the release of baby loggerhead turtles from their sandy nest and their subsequent race for the vast ocean can only be described as heart wrenching, knowing that so few will survive to adulthood. The chance to hold one of those tiny creatures prior to that sandy crawl will forever hold a place in my heart.
Climbing into a small metal cage in the frigid waters off the coast of South Africa to see the magnificent and feared Great White Shark is also a “wildlife experience” that I will never forget. That close encounter is sure to get your blood pumping.
An unplanned wildlife encounter occurred while I was at the Monkey Forest in Ubud Bali. I sat down on a rock to watch the mischievous little devils and they "jumped" me. At one point I had three monkeys on me, trying to steal everything they could. Later that day I discovered why monkeys are constantly picking at each other...they had left me with ants in my hair so I was picking too and until I could shampoo!
All of my wildlife encounters have only re-enforced my belief that we protect and appreciate what we have experienced and understand. Unless we protect these species are children and grandchildren may never have the chance to have “the best wildlife experiences you can ever have.”
What is your greatest or most memorable animal encounter?