We stumbled across Baird Bay back in 1988. Fortunately there was a block of land for sale the day we drove in so I bought it. On a perfect day you'd come out here and we'd arrive probably in that pool out there mostly and there'd probably be one of two sea lions around first thing in the morning and then , as the morning went on within a half an hour and getting a bit warmer they'd come down off the island and we'd be swimming with between 2 and 15 sea lions. The sea lions will come around they'll play with you they like to interact they to come and have a look up close they're up for a game you can see they've got a smile on their face they like to play they're really a very friendly animal to play around with. On land it's a different matter. You need to leave them alone on the land. That's their bedroom. You don't bother 'em there. I enjoy bringing the people out here showing them around, showing them how good the sea lions are and the same with the dolphins over the other side. We get people from all over the world from all walks of life.
Usually within about 10 or 15 minutes we've got people swimming and using a mask and snorkel and according to them having the best time in their life. people really do get quite a buzz out of it, their time with the sea lions and again with the dolphins too. It's just a pretty special experience.
And we've had lots of favourites over the years. My first favourite was Dennis. He was a male sea lion obviously, but Dennis because of Dennis the menace he was a bit of a pest at times. He used to chase people around a fair bit and give 'em a hard time but I used to get on with him pretty well.
He made so many people so happy he was really something else. He came to a sad end. It was a really bad day and he turned up one Easter and he'd been attacked by a shark and there was nothin' we could do. We tried and tried but there was nothin' could do and he died and he was only 5 years old. It was a pretty ordinary old day for us.
Dennis was something special. He made so many people so happy he was really something else. He made so many people so happy he was really something else. He came to a sad end. It was a really bad day and he turned up one Easter and he'd been attacked by a shark and there was nothin' we could do.
In the water, they're in their element. They've got the speed behind them. Mainly they like to dive around with you, flip around and somersault. You end up experiencing these animals first hand every day and helping people get that same enjoyment I get out of it. I wouldn't have it any other way. I used to work in a pizza shop. It's a totally different world out here. Every day someone tells me I've got one of the best jobs in the world and I still pinch meself daily. It's amazin'.