Starting the day right!


Monday: Heading down-island to Victoria.  Got luggage and two dogs.  Sal was down at the beach with it all and was waiting for me while I had gone around to the other side to get the boat.

A few minutes later I was leaving the dock.  I was about 60-70 feet away when I heard something.  It was a little ‘whoosh’, almost a whisper.  Like the wind in a bush.  But I was moving through the water and the engine was running.   It didn’t really register.  I was heading around the point and going a bit slow to rid myself of the rainwater in the bilge. I wasn’t focused.

And then a fin appeared.

Then another.  Then a few more.  Within seconds, I had twelve or so white-sided dolphins slicing along right beside me.  A few more were not five feet from the boat.  It was very cool.  I ambled along at just a few knots and they zoomed around me, under the boat and criss-crossing in front.  Like in the movies, ya know?  Just like dolphins are supposed to do.  And, I confess, I spoke to them.

“Hey guys!  Waddya up to, eh?  Playing around this time o’the morning?”  And further nonsense like that.  I was pretty amused.  We see dolphins all the time but it is rare that any come up close and I have never had a dozen or so frolic around me.  It was very neat.

But I was slowly making my way in a southerly direction to the point and I was going to turn around it and head in a northwesterly direction.  I fully expected them to keep their heading and that we’d part.  Not so!  When I turned, they turned with me!  And so it was that I was accompanied several hundred yards around the headland of our property  by dolphins.

As I turned into the beach where Sally was waiting, they simply dropped out of sight.  Went deep.  Disappeared.  Gone.

No big deal.  I know that.  But it was early, I was still sleepy and subdued, not overly keen on driving all day.  Maybe a smidge grumpy.  But not after them!  It was uplifting.  It cheered me up.  I picked up Sal with a smile.

A dolphin escort will do that.

3 thoughts on “Starting the day right!

  1. “Curiously enough, the dolphins had long known of the impending destruction of the planet Earth and had made many attempts to alert mankind of the danger; but most of their communications were misinterpreted as amusing attempts to punch footballs or whistle for tidbits, so they eventually gave up and left the Earth by their own means shortly before the Vogons arrived.”

    “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”


    • As soon as I read the first few words…….”hey! That’s HHGG!! Glad to see my readers are intellectually equipped to follow the science.


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