Sunday, June 11th, 8PM
Much like yesterday, today was a fairly relaxed day compared to regular lab days. I arrived just before lunch time after waiting almost a half hour for the bus to show up. Sean had been trainer for Phoenix that day and had just finished when I arrived. It was a while before the next session, so I wondered around the tanks for a bit to see if any "friends" wanted to play. I stepped up on the makai diamondhead training step and Hiapo was quick to come over with one of the horseball buoy things in his mouth. He lifted his pec flipper, waving hi to me, and squeaked and clicked softly. I pushed the buoy around a bit and splashed him lightly a few times, and he opened his mouth in response (they like the feeling of water on their open mouths). I havent had Hiapo come over very many times. Hes usually too interested in "the ladies" to be interested in anything else.
I spent most of the day talking with Mattias about the video editing computer, and just computer stuff in general. He had an old Dell P133 computer down in the office in the front lanai that was giving him problems so I looked at that for him. It was INSANELY slow, so I decided it was a problem with windows and that the hard drive would have to be wiped and started clean. Ill work on that tomorrow.
The afternoon session was an extremely entertaining session to watch.
After the session, Brian and Suzzie put the big wooden gate in place of the steel-bar gate so they could drain the one tank for tomorrows tank cleaning. They moved all four dolphins into the mauka tank and slid the big wooden door in place. With all the dolphins in the other tank, Brian decided it was time for a swim. I joined them and had a quick swim in the makai tank. Its amazing just how much more you float in the Hawaiian sea water. While we were in the tank, I found out first of all that the water spouts that come from the top of the tower (that get turned on every once in a while for the dolphins) are actually spraying fresh water. I can totally see now why the dolphins like to sit under them with their mouths open; it feels quite refreshing. Ellie was at the gate for the whole time we were swimming, waiting for one of us to come by her area I guess. She gave me a quick wave when I went up to the gate (while I was in the water) and gave me that cute straight on look she can give you. I could tell she just wanted to play.
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