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Dolphins, Whales and finally back to Clive .....

Posted Sep 05 2011 12:06pm
Murray loved SeaWorld  - he could feed the sealions ....
 
and then watch their show! One of them was called Clyde - which Murray thought was 'Clive' and so he got very excited everytime 'Clyde's name was mentioned!
 
Murray then watched the manatees for a long time ....
 
But longer still he took at the dolphins .... they truly captivated him!
 
He enjoyed their show too and loved how the audience got splashed.  He thought that very funny and squealed with joy each time he got splashed!
The flying acrobatics were brillant too .....
and then more jumping and splashing ......
Murray has loved dolphins for years - they were the first sea mammal he really responded to ....
When it came to feeding the stingrays - Murray was the first to try!  He loved placing the shrimp between his fingers and letting the stingray snatch it from his fingers ....
 But the highlight of our visit to SeaWorld was the One Ocean - All new Shamu Show - Murray was so excited to see these magnificent creatures.
He made us sit in the splash zone again but luckily we didn't get TOO wet!
The whales were beautiful and the show was amazing ....
 
Murray's uncle is very involved with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group here so he wasn't too happy about us going but we have to say that the 'humans' performed more than the animals and there were no silly tricks.  Conservation was mentioned non-stop so no-one went away not knowing how important it is to protect our oceans.

The dolphins at Hilton Head may have thrilled Murray more but we did enjoy our time at SeaWorld.

So that is it - that was Murray's vacation ....

.... as Murray would say "that's all there is, there isn't anymore"  (- in fact he's watching Madeline as we finish this blog post).

We very much appreciate that we were very lucky to have had such a wonderful vacation and we want to thank again everyone involved in making it so memorable ...

Jane and Petey (for the 2nd year in a row!!)

Patrick (in Sawgrass Marriott ), Lisa ( Black Marlin ) and all the wonderful people we met in Hilton Head ....

Barney, Mrs Peekaboo, Susan, Scooby Doo and all the staff and characters are Universal Studios who made Murray's Birthday so special ....

and finally Murray's Dad (we better mention him!!) - he works very hard all year round so Murray and his family can have vacations like that!  He's a great DAD!!

and very specially we want to finish with a HUGE thank you to Auntie Anne and our great friend Anne who both minded and took care of Clive while we were away! They did such a great job that Clive gave Murray's Mom the 'cold shoulder' last week for the first few days when we came back!  Thanks to both Anne's for the constant updates while we were away, the photos of Clive and the re-assurances that he was enjoying his own 'holiday'!

Murray and all the gang

(Back tomorrow with lots of 'Clive' photos - he's been getting jealous of Murray's excitment over all the photos from the previous few posts!!)

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