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I remember my first swim with wild dolphins vividly. It was on a watery sandbar north of Grand Bahama Island and they were two young females, spotted dolphins named Roxy and Cindy-Anne (ID numbers 111 and 109 in my study). Swimming, I heard noises—whistles and clicks—but I couldn't really see anything. And then I turned and there were these two young dolphins right there. They did a quick circle around me and sped off. But then 111, Roxy, swam back and hung in front of me, studying me. I felt like she was saying, "Yep, yep, we'll be seeing more of you."