On the surface, the Alba Scento is a small, family-friendly boat.
But its owner, Laura Vinciguerra, loves every minute of it, and it is a delight to spend time with the young animals in her care.
“It’s the perfect little family, and the perfect place to take them for a swim,” Vincguerra said.
“It’s a really special thing to be able to bring them here.”
Vincgueres son, James, and daughter, Jessica, are among the animals her company, the Sea Life Conservation Society, has brought into the Albas.
The animals come with a leash and a harness, and they are usually kept on board for a few days, then released to the sea or on a beach.
Vinciguers son, 19, is a little older than the other Alba boys, and his mother says he is always excited to see the others.
“They are just so excited and loving, and there’s a great sense of community,” she said.
James, 20, has been keeping the family company in the Albelos home since he was a toddler.
He is the youngest of the group, and Vincigeres has been impressed with the way he has learned to read and write.
“I just love the way they read, the way that they talk, the fact that they are so bright and intelligent,” she recalled.
“And it’s great to have them here, because they love the sea, they love to be on the water, and I love the fact they’re just a perfect little group.”
Viciguerras husband, Mark, and their two daughters are also on board, and he said the family’s connection to the water is also a key component to their bond.
“If I’m out in the ocean, I love to watch the dolphins and I see them swim, and if I’m in the house, I watch them play and I want to be there,” Mark said.
“All the little things that we do together are a way for us to be together.”
The Albas is a collaboration between the Sea LIFE Conservation Society and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The Sea Life Society works with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to maintain the Albalas aquariums, as well as to maintain facilities for the animals.
The Albas has been in the care of the Sea Landscaping Company, which also has a facility in the neighborhood, since 2012.
The Alba is owned and operated by the Sea Lifters.
The organization, which is based in Palm Beach County, Florida, uses the Albeos for two main purposes.
One is to provide a home for the dolphins, which are housed in a nearby enclosure, and for the sea life to learn about their surroundings.
The other is to allow the Alblas to participate in programs and activities for children, such as playing with the Albass.
Vicaguuerras family is not alone in their passion for the ocean.
Vincs family, who is also the owner of the Ocean Adventures Adventures Group, also has an Alba in the family.
“Our children are very passionate about the sea and they love it, too,” Visciguerres said.