Blog #5 - Aug 6th
Dolphins visiting us
Just I as I was reading about Family Affair sighting three whales I heard shouts from above deck: "Dolphins, dolphins". Up I run, donning a life vest on the way, camera ready and there they were: Darting through the waters like arrows chasing String Theory were dozens of Dolphins. They launched themselves into the air with ease then dove under the boat and headed for the bow wave jockeying for the best position. At times over twenty dolphins swam right in front of our bow, dancing a ballet, three, four five dolphins jumping in perfect unison, arching graciously through the air before splashing back into the indigo blue water.
Looking over the to the port side, John spotted dozens more dolphins, heading straight for us,some jumping three, four feet into the air. For a moment they seemed to be suspended above the glassy water, their silver bodies glittering in the dim sun light, before slicing back back into the water.
The spectacle lasted for maybe 15 to 20 minutes before we left them in our wake. Brad noticed that they swam in big circles, behind us, wondering whether we sailed through their feeding grounds where they chased their prey.
It was our off watch time, but I was too excited to go back to sleep. Never have I been surrounded by what may have been a hundred dolphins, jumping all around us, following alongside the boat and diving through our bow wave.
Instead of crawling back into to my bunk I baked some fresh bread, then read a few more pages in the latest Dan Brown novel before finally catching maybe half an our of sleep before getting up on deck again.
Aloha from String Theory.
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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