Dolphins!

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Russia, June, 2016, 031Today I had a truly unique experience. I got to see some dolphins up close and personal. These beluga whales are pure white and they seemed to like the attention of the small crowd who gathered to watch the 11am feeding. What surprised me most about these Arctic mammals was the sounds! I’ve never heard such noisy sea creatures in my life. Check out these two short videos:

These are the youngest, at about 3 years old.

Feeding time

The dolphins are kept in ocean pens not far from Nakhodka, where I am teaching this summer. They are acclimated here to living around humans and taught some basic tricks. They are then sold to perform in shows all over the world. While I have a hard time thinking about what life these intelligent creatures might have in the future, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see them.

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On the internet, I only found this and that article that mentioned Nakhodka as a place that had young beluga whales.

After, Yulia and Katrin took me out for fruit tea, coffee and pancakes.
After, Yulia and Katrin took me out for fruit tea, coffee and pancakes.
Nastya (Katrin's daughter) is also one of my students. We each had pancakes (more like French crepes, really) with one of Russia's most popular fillings for kids. I'm pretty sure it was sweetened condensed milk! Really good, too.
Nastya (Katrin’s daughter) is also one of my students. We each had pancakes (more like French crepes, really) with one of Russia’s most popular fillings for kids. I’m pretty sure it was sweetened condensed milk! Really good, too.
And we played around a bit after...
And we played around a bit after…
Not a great photo, but this is a church in Nakhodka that I hope to go to soon. It's fairly new, but has those amazing onion domes that we expect to see in Russian buildings.
Not a great photo, but this is a church in Nakhodka that I hope to go to soon. It’s fairly new, but has those amazing onion domes that we expect to see in Russian buildings.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

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