Early-Morning Visitors

Our dog, Wrigley, and I have a morning routine while we’re in Green Turtle Cay. Job one, of course, is to satisfy his physical needs. Then, we head down to the dock, so he can check on the boat and evict the seagulls from “his” dock — tasks he takes quite seriously.

Wrigley on Seagull Patrol

One morning, as Wrigley faced off against a pair of stubborn gulls, I stood on the dock, enjoying the cool air. At the sound of strange, wet breathing, I glanced to my left. Twenty feet or so from the dock were two dolphins.

It was one of those dilemmas – do I dash back to the cottage for my camera and maybe miss the moment, or do I just appreciate it for now? Normally, I’d opt for the former, but this time I decided to just enjoy the experience. I stayed put.

And so did the dolphins. They swam lazy loops around the dock, then wider circles across the sound. Fifteen minutes later, when it seemed clear they weren’t in a hurry, I took a chance and ran up to the house. I grabbed my camera and Tom scooped up the boat keys.

We motored to the middle of the harbour and cut the engine, watching as the dolphins – who we thought might be mother and calf, since one seemed quite a bit larger than the other – explored Black Sound.

At one point, they dove beneath our boat just as Tom submerged his underwater video camera.

After frolicking for an hour or so, the pair made their way back toward the Sea of Abaco. Hungry and happy to have experienced these beautiful creatures up close, we started the engine and headed for home.

  16 comments for “Early-Morning Visitors

  1. Jenny Trozell
    September 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Sweet post 🙂

    • September 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you! It was just one of those amazing, serendipitous experiences. 🙂

  2. susan mceowen
    September 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Amanda–Such a paradise! When can I visit?

    • September 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, Green Turtle Cay really is special. It’ll be 1-2 years before Fish Hooks is ready, but in the meantime, there are lots of great, affordable places to stay on Green Turtle Cay. I’d be happy to make recommendations anytime! You’d love it, I think.

  3. Peter
    September 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the post, I felt like I was there again. PeterSpencerPotcakeMarx

  4. September 13, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Oh good, I’ve been waiting for this post! Lovely – and even Wrigley seems quite taken with the dolphins… RH

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks, RH. Yes, Wrigley was excited, though usually by the time he looked in the direction we were pointing, the dolphins had disappeared again beneath the surface. 🙂

  5. Angela Paul
    September 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    So enjoyable to see. Thanks for sharing. Wrigley looked real interested also! We have experienced dolphins in Hawaii when we were fishing. They are such hams, posing for the camera, racing the boat. A totally enjoyable experience. Good that you got to experience it. Hopefully, more often!!! 🙂

    • September 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Hi, Angela. Yes, it was an unexpected but awesome surprise! Hope we get to see them again next time.

  6. September 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Bag packed, I’m on my way!!

  7. September 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    So cool Amanda. I love this!

  8. September 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    What a great thing to experience!

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