Two nights ago I dreamed that I saw a dolphin in the water, northeast from Joe and Julie’s beach, just a little ways out. In the dream, I first saw a lone dolphin moving in a slow but steady circle. After a few rotations, it was joined by another dolphin and then another until a few were swimming in this circular pattern. I had woken up from the dream feeling really good; happy and somehow changed. Since then I’ve been looking into the sea, hoping for a sighting.
Today they came. At first I saw only one dorsal fin but a couple moments later, several more emerged. They were swimming in a circular pattern in precisely the same location I had seen them in my dream. My heart leaped with joy and Terra, Andrew and I all ran to the beach to get a closer look.
A pod of five bottle nosed dolphins was engaged in a hunt and we watched for several minutes from the shore before we eyed the sea kayaks. Terra and I dragged them into the water as quickly as possible, tossed ourselves in, and paddled toward the action, while Andrew settled in to watch from the shore.
Within minutes we were within 50 feet of the dolphins. They stopped their hunt and dove beneath the surface. Terra and I sat in our kayaks motionless; partly exhilarated and partly nervous; not knowing what would happen next and how close they might get to our sit-on-top style kayaks. A few seconds later all five of them came up in choreographed unison and paid us a visit just five or six feet from our boats. This visitation lasted for a few minutes and each time they came up to the surface we could see the glimmer of water on their smooth skin and hear their breath. They circled us, going up and down next to us repeatedly.
I was overwhelmed. Tears welled up in my eyes and I had to remind myself to breathe it all in. Neither Terra nor I moved or spoke; we just tried to absorb it all as much as we possibly could. After this blessing, they moved from us straight towards Andrew, watching the encounter through the binoculars. They swam incredibly close to shore.
Just as quickly as they appeared, the dolphins moved away from us in a southerly direction. Terra and I followed in the kayaks, keeping a polite distance. Soon, the smaller pod of dolphins was joined by a larger pod and together they engaged in the most exciting display of aerial acrobatics and soaring jumps, all within 50 feet from our kayaks. It was like our own private Sea World show. We were captivated; cheering and clapping at the acrobatics display.
It was an incredible, awe-inspiring, and humbling experience. I’m grateful for the magic that abounds in this land and sea.