Swimming with dolphins: a phenomenological exploration of tourist recollections

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Authors: Curtin, S.C.


Journal: International Journal of Tourism Research

Volume: 8

Pages: 301-315

ISSN: 1099-2340

DOI: 10.1002/jtr.577

Opportunities to swim with dolphins both in captivity and in the wild have recently proliferated. In order to understand the nature of the swim-with-dolphin experience, 14 respondents were selected to take part in a phenomenological study based on their recollections of the activity. The results discuss the physical attributes of the experience, the attraction of dolphins, the importance of making a connection either through eye contact or touch, prior conceptions of what it would be like and, finally, animal sensitivities towards the nature of the performance. Cognitive dissonance and a heavily anthropomorphic virtual capital are present in nearly all respondents.

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