An adventure trip offers a week of close encounters
|by Mary L. Peachin
Published January 25, 2004
|PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic — Here we are, in the midst of a three-month-long orgy.
All around us, whales are breaching, finning and slapping their tails on the water, as males–their testosterone off the scale–single-mindedly focus on one goal: finding and copulating with an agreeable female.
And we are in the water with them.
Our weeklong snorkeling adventure began the night before, 85 miles away at Puerto Plata, when we boarded the Wind Dancer, a 120-foot, live-aboard scuba boat that sleeps 18.
In the morning, while we are moored on Silver Bank, the ships whale expert, Tom Conlin, gives us our introductory briefing. Continue reading