Another funny story was when some kids asked why my tail was so dry and I told them I had been out of the water for too long. They wanted to go get me some water so I wouldn't dry out anymore. So sweet! I assured them I would be in the water soon enough! :-) It was such a fun experience and I have already been contacted to return next year, yay!
I also had the privilege to model for Lisa, a photographer in Honolulu. We had such a great shoot! That day, the waves were huge! They were about 9-10 ft, which is the largest I have ever seen. The power of the ocean is so fascinating; I wanted to jump right in! Well, the ocean must have heard my calling because I was sitting on some very sharp rocks overlooking the water about an hour (moving around wasn't much of an option, I had bruises on my legs for a week after). The rocks were a good 12 ft or so off the water, and I was a good 6-10 ft in from the edge. I was posing for a photo and BAM! A huge (what seemed like) tidal wave came over the back of me. In the photo, you can hardly even see me in the wave. It was very unexpected, but the ocean came to me when I couldn't go to it. This is one of the photos taken after the wave. More photos to come!