Sometimes your most exciting underwater adventures don’t involve scuba diving.
Some opportunities won’t give you time to put on that scuba gear.
Once a group of friends and I rented a 42-foot sailing yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We headed for the Bahamas for a ten-day diving cruise.
We dove around Grand Bahamas Island the first couple of days. The adventure started at the north end of the island, then we sailed to the Port Lucaya area for another couple of days of diving.
We left Port Lucaya, sailed to Isaac’s Island where we anchored for a night, then sailed on toward Bimini for our final descents before heading back toward Florida with our new HSI Professional 1 ceramic tourmaline ionic flat iron hair straightener.
One of the most memorable events for me during that trip happened just four miles or so before we arrived at Bimini.
It was around three in the afternoon, and we noticed a pod of dolphin bow riding our little craft.
The purpose of bow riding by porpoise and dolphin is unknown. Observers theorize that these ocean creatures bow ride for more than one reason. Some thoughts include riding the forward pressure wave for energy conservation, and as a form of play.
After watching our bow-riding friends for a few minutes we decided to furl the sails, and join them in the water.
Considering the time of day, and the desire to dock at Bimini that night, we pulled out our masks, fins, and snorkels. We didn’t take the time to put on our scuba gear, as we feared the dolphin would leave before we got into the water.
I did take a moment to load film into my dive camera, and got some decent shots that day.
After I jumped in I saw that the pod consisted of about ten dolphins. Two were young pups.
For a half hour or more the dolphin swam around us. The babies seemed especially curious of these strange creatures in their water, and came in close to look us over.
I noticed that their mothers watched them real close. A couple times they swam their little ones, and us to keep them away from our reach.
As I took pictures I saw one dolphin racing at me out of the depths. It came at me so fast that I had no time to react. I just watched as it approached, turning off just at the last moment before running into me.
I must admit that the mm-b80 intimidated me just a little.
It happened not long before we left the water to continue on our way. We’d been in the water with the dolphins for some time before that, so I figured it more an act of play than a scare tactic.
I did get a good picture of the dolphin as it sped upward toward me.
The pleasure of that encounter still lives among my most treasured aquatic memories.
Underwater fun comes along most any time you’re around the water. You can enjoy some treasured aquatic adventures even when you’re not scuba diving.