A teenage girl in New Zealand has been swimming with dolphins for more than 20 years, but now she’s about to go topless.
New Zealand’s Environment Protection Agency says the girl, who goes by the name of Lane Bryant, is the first teenager to swim with dolphins at sea since 1972.
She is part of a group of teenagers who have been diving with dolphins, or “sea dogs”, at the Whangarei Marine Reserve since 2010.
Ms Bryant is part-way through a yearlong study of dolphins at the reserve.
She said the dolphin-watching experience had been her biggest success.
“It’s been such a huge part of my life,” Ms Bryant said.
“When you think of it in terms of your own life, it’s really special.”
Ms Bryants father, Richard Bryants, said his daughter had always been fascinated with dolphins.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years now, I love it,” he said.
Topics:dolphin-assisted-research,environment,dolphins,tas,fijiFirst posted January 08, 2020 16:57:13Contact Leigh McLeanMore stories from New Zealand