It is hard to know if it is the ancient mysticism attached to dolphins that makes them so magical. For the older generation it is mostly memories of the TV series Flipper that have them dewy eyed when they think about seeing the real thing. For the younger generation we believe that it is, sadly, the growth of marine theme parks with their captive cetaceans – and us craving the ‘joyous jumping’ spectacles. From Disneyworld to Denmark, Mexico to Malta, people are still flipping over backwards to see dolphins do their thing. As the word gets out about the issues around containing wild animals in tanks for our amusement, more and more people want to get their kicks in the wild - to swim and play with them, touch them, kiss them and be healed by them. Go see them in the wild, for sure, but let them behave as they want to – this means no touching, cuddling or kissing. This is their world, and if we respect it and allow them to inhabit it peacefully, we will be able to watch them play happily in it too. The industry is starting to wake up to the fact that there is more to dolphin watching than dollar signs, and usually it is a good skipper at the helm that makes all the difference between a responsible trip and a totally irresponsible one.