Panama, CMA’s oldest resident dolphin and Winter’s surrogate mother, is in the beginning stages of learning her new dorsal tow behavior. Despite the newness, she has been progressing quickly!
Currently, Talia and Tiffany are working on this behavior with her in the hopes that one day we can have a deep water program with guests. They began by first working on her run. During this first phase, Panama was quickly guided from the wade to encounter platform by using a target pole. The target pole easily communicates to Panama the exact direction and speed at which we wish her to move. The next phase will be adding the sd, or hand signal. Eventually the end goal will be to give Panama the sd and she tows the guest and takes them on a ride around main pool and back!
Keep an eye out in the Winter Zone to see Panama’s progression!