sea lions and dolphins and sting rays oh my!

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summerstorm
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   Posted 7/4/2011 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
ok so we booked our next cruise, woo hoo! it's not until feburary, but i like to get an early start on the worrying :D
anyway, they want to do the dolphin encounter thing, i don't really wanna do it, dolphins are creepy, at least to me.  But i wanna do the sea lion encounter and the sting ray encounter, and will probaby end up with the dolphins too.
so, my wonder is, since they have super smell, (or maybe they do i don't really know i just figure they do since they are animals and all), is it possible they could smell the bag?  im thinking probably not, but i don't especially want any of them attacking me!
and also, has anyone ever worn a wet suit? not as much for the bag, i figure it would just be kind of smushy for it, but how uncomfortable are they? there is a cave thing i thought we might do, but it requires a wet suit.
 

80sChick
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   Posted 7/5/2011 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never worn a wet suit but I'm sure it'll be fine. I've worn tights and a leotard and it doesn't get much more smashed than that.

I've also never swam with animals, but I know that cats and dogs I've been around can never smell it, and I know that becasue you know how dogs smell everything that has a smell...they never smell me. Plus my sister's cat NEVER smells my pouch area, and one time I was sitting by the cat when I burped my pouch and she was smelling the air for LONG after I could smell it.

I'm sure you'll be fine! At the very least, if they smell it (which they won't), I highly doubt their instinct will be to attack.
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Ymotso
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Summerstorm,,,Dolphins won't be a problem. Went on a cruise last November and swam with the dolphins with no problems....Going on another cruise this November and planning to swim with the stingrays,,,,
60 year old male, Two years into a perm. ileostomy
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/7/2011 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Awww, dolphins are nice, you should swim with them! And if I can squeeze into a pair of Spanx, a wetsuit should be no problem!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
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4GRACE2U
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   Posted 7/7/2011 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Just don't use an ostomy bag that has a filter. My filter leaks discharge after a day or so.

Hope you have a great time!

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   Posted 7/8/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Summerstorm,
Wet suits are just like a second skin layer. The suit moves with any bag expansion. It isn't enough to be noticeable to anyone. I also use booties and gloves because the water where I live is very cold. If the water is warm enough for dolphins you will be fine without the extras. I am so excited for you!
Szm

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/9/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
im not really worried about the bag with the wet suit, like cece the kind of clothes ive squeezed into with this thing im not sure this would be any different!
I just wonder how weird a wet suit feels, it seems like it would be hot and sticky and make it hard to move.
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Subzeromambo
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   Posted 7/10/2011 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Summerstorm,
Mine moves with me so there is no movement restriction. I have never felt hot and sticky in a wet suit but again the water is cold here. I have never worn a wet suit in a warm sea such as the Agean or Carribean, only a swimsuit. It is probably cold in the sea lion caves which is why the wet suit is a requirement.
All the best,
Szm

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/10/2011 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
so does a wetsuit feel like a big bathing suit?
the caves aren't where the sea lions are, the caves are just caves, and im a nerd and want to go through some caves, i have no idea why! i don't understand why it even says you have to wear a wet suit, and why you don't with the dolphins or sea lions, it makes more sense to wear them with the animals.
Thanks everyone!
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Subzeromambo
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   Posted 7/10/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
A wet suit is less binding than most swimsuits so it feels a little loose. It is designed for warmth. It can get pretty cold inside caves. A wetsuit traps a thin layer of water between your skin and the suit's insulating layer of neoprene, which the body then heats for warmth.
As you can probably tell, I say go for it! Life is too short not to explore and experience as much as we can.

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/10/2011 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
if i can get my family to go for it i think i will!  it sounds really cool,
thanks subzeromamba, you must do it a lot, you sound like an expert

Subzeromambo
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   Posted 7/11/2011 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the compliment. I wouldn't say I am an expert, I leave that to my youngest son, but I have spent 35 years in the ocean. Scuba diving is very addictive!
Diagnosed 1987 with lower left colitis. Hospitalized often. Mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Perforated colon and total colectomy April 2011.

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/11/2011 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
wow that's a lot! we don't have an ocean very close, so i dont think i would do it very often, lol. My husband really wants to learn but because his inner ears got screwed up really bad, he can't :( Oddly enough, there is a place here that teaches it, although im not sure where people are going scuba diving around here.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!
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