Underwater - Allie Kelley
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Baby Naia

What an absolute pleasure to swim with baby dolphins. They grow fast in the first few weeks, becoming more confident in their swimming abilities as their comfort level in the water increases. When they were first born, I observed them swimming right under their mother's fins, who herself was surrounded on both sides by other full grown pod mates. I would catch glimpses of the babies as they entered this new oceanic world. As time passed, they'd slowly separate themselves, testing out different dives and coming playfully closer. This particular one swam next to me for quite some time making me both her protector and playmate in the water while the rest of the pod lingered nearby.