WE SWAM WITH WILD DOLPHINS!!! A BABY dolphin too!!! My whole world feels complete!
I can’t get over it-it was AMAZING!
There were three of them, two adults and a baby. It was the mom and baby that approached me first, just swam right up so close I pulled my hands in so I wouldn’t accidentally touch them (Any wild momma gets my respect). It was exhilarating how close they, even the baby, would come. I’ve seen so many dolphins but never close enough to see all the details of their faces. I loved the little wrinkles around their eyes and the way they looked at us so inquisitively. I was surprised by all the marks and scars on their snout, some quite deep. I had never noticed the markings around the blow holes, and how they were not round. We just slowly circled each other and checked each other out. All the while it felt unreal and magical.
Keith got in the water right behind me and they came over to check him out too.
After we all got a good look-over the dolphins started being playful-twisting and diving. They seemed to like when we dove down too and would come close or swim over top of us. The baby would dive down then come up and flip his tail out of the water. Lots of nuzzling between mama and baby. Then all of the sudden they were gone. We stuck our heads out to look for them. A second later we saw one swim right under us. I took a picture and was taking a breath to dive down when Keith and I both stuck our heads out and said to each other “that’s not a dolphin-that is a shark!”. Same color, same size. Thankfully not the same inquisitive behavior and it just swam on by.
The dolphins came right back but this time seemed to get on either side of us and instead of diving and playing they swam straight for our boat. They would circle around get next to us and keep heading that way. (We were swimming in the middle of the anchorage) I try not to put human emotions on a wild animal but I swear they were escorting us back to our boat!
A soon as we got to the boat they started playing again. Flipping on their backs and swimming under us. We swam under the keel back and forth with them. We watched them stick their whole nose (do you call it a nose? A snout?) into the sand and eat something. The whole while they are clicking and squeaking to each other. Maybe to us too? Their eyes always following us and looking right into ours. I know I’ve said it, but AMAZING!
Our friends Greg and Lucie on Pushkar were anchored right behind us and joined in too and we all played. What a magical experience to share! Then again we heard loud, fast clicks and squeaks and see momma and baby-snugged up right on her- zoom off. Mr. Shark made a repeat appearance. We thought that would be the end of our dolphin encounter but they came right back again. We played with them for about forty minutes.
I can’t quite wrap my head around it, something so beautiful and playful, so smart and empathetic, an animal so wild and free chose to spend its day playing with me! I keep wondering why. Is it like when we humans go to the zoo and hope the monkeys come out of their houses so we can see them? Did the dolphins swim through the anchorage hoping a human jumped off their boat?
I’ve sat in the cockpit all day today reading a book and looking up at the end of every paragraph looking out at the water in hopes they come back again.