Dolphin Stuns Beachgoers at New Alma Resort in Cam Ranh

Dolphin Stuns Beachgoers at New Alma Resort in Cam Ranh

A large dolphin has paid a rare visit to the shallow waters right off new family resort Alma on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula.

Alma lifeguard Nguyen Ngoc Tan, who took video footage of the dolphin on Tuesday last week, said the mammal seemed “fearless yet friendly” as he and his fellow lifeguards Nguyen Trung Phi and Vo Thanh Nhon approached it via jet ski.

“Our guests thought it was a shark when they saw its fin and scrambled to get out of the water,” Mr Tan said. “When we confirmed it was a dolphin, they relaxed and remarked that they felt so lucky to chance this moment; it’s not every day you get to swim near a dolphin in crystal clear conditions.”

Estimating it to be 3.5 metres long, Mr Tan and his colleagues said the mammal appeared weak and may have been slightly injured before coming closer to the shoreline. It later swam back to deeper seas.

The lifeguards have spoken with various wildlife conservation and research groups, including the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation and Endangered Species, to inform them about the sighting. 

“Schools of dolphins were recently sighted a little bit further out in nearby Nha Trang’s seas but we’ve never seen a dolphin this close to the shore before,” Alma’s general manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said. “The dolphins may be attracted to calmer waters as a result of less tourism activity in the wake of COVID-19”.

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About Alma

Situated on Vietnam’s emerging Cam Ranh peninsula fronting Long Beach, Alma resort commands some 30 hectares of inspiring ground. Emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the bold and spacious integrated resort offers 580 oversized suites and pavilions that all afford sweeping vistas of the ocean, including contemporary three bedroom oceanfront pavilions each totalling 224sqm with a living room, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a sports bar, pool bar and beach bar. Other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheater, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, water sports centre and even an ‘Alma Mart’ mini supermarket.

A large dolphin has paid a rare visit to the shallow waters right off new family resort Alma on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula.

Alma lifeguard Nguyen Ngoc Tan said: “Our guests thought it was a shark when they saw its fin and scrambled to get out of the water. When we confirmed it was a dolphin, they relaxed and remarked that they felt so lucky to chance this moment; it’s not every day you get to swim near a dolphin in crystal clear conditions.”

After making an appearance in the shallow waters just off Alma, the dolphin returned to the deeper seas.

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