The Miami Seaquarium is one of the biggest tourist attractions in South Florida, where children get
to see whales and dolphins. This Tuesday, five FC Barcelona players (Valdés, Pedro, Xavi, Villa and
Busquets) went there for a great day out in the company of dolphins.
From training to the pool
After the morning training session at the University of Miami, the players
travelled to the Seaquarium and donned specially prepared neoprene with the FC Barcelona crest on
In a shallow pool in Dolphin Harbor, the players enjoyed an unusual experience. It started
with a short explanation of things to be considered when relating to this intelligent, fun-loving
animals. During the 20 minute visit, the players were able to touch and feed the dolphins.
Tome for football
There was also a football feel to the day. The dolphins were given Barça coloured
balls, which they were able to hurl at Víctor Valdés, who stood in goal, gloves and all, to try to
stop the aquatic mammals from scoring. There was also time for each player to swim with the
animals, grabbing hold of their fins. It all ended with a photo of the players and the monitors,
with the players being given a show of affection from the dolphins.
Víctor Valdés, who had one something similar before, said “the best thing was being
able to come here with my team mates. It was really nice. The idea was to have a good time.”
He added that “they are fun but trusting animals.”
Before the visit ended, vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu and director of professional
football, Andoni Zubizarreta, presented the General Manager of the Miami Seaquarium with a Barça
shirt as a token of gratitude.