It was Day 9 of my sail across the South Pacific and finally, – finally! – I saw some dolphins.
I ran from a conversation, grabbed my camera and raced to the bow of the boat, sitting myself down and hugging the guard rails as I watched a private wildlife show close-up.
The rest of the crew soon tired of the dolphin dance but other than a single, bigger dolphin that I’d seen briefly on a boat ride over from Santa Cruz to Isabella in the Galapagos Islands, these were the first dolphins I’d seen out here.
I don’t know what it is, but there is something about these beautiful, majestic and intelligent creatures… Something gentle yet strong, graceful yet powerful. And social all the way.
For ten minutes or so I observed these slippery grey beauties lead the boat; dancing in and out of the water as a group, dashing ahead, falling a bit behind, but dancing, dancing all the way.
And as suddenly as they arrived, dolphins started to leave the party. For a few precious moments a pair stayed and danced close to my dangling feet and I felt my gaze get lost in the royal blue playground of the sea.
And finally they too turned around. Off they swam, leaving us to sail unaccompanied once again.
- Dolphins stay awake for 15 days (telegraph.co.uk)
- Dolphins can sleep one-half of their brain at a time say researchers (slashgear.com)
- Communicating With Dolphins (timzimmermann.com)
- How Dolphins Stay Awake for Two Weeks (news.discovery.com)