I think loads of little girl grow up wanting to swim with dolphins. We all used to watch those films where the boy becomes best friends with a dolphin and secretly thought that, if only we could meet a dolphin, we could do that too. On the boat on the way out the crew warned us that they couldn't guarantee whether we'd see anything, as they do not feed the dolphins or entice them in, so it would be up to them whether they decided to interact with us. (I was kind of hoping that they'd take that option seeing as we'd got up at 5.30am to see them.)
|The early start meant we got to see a perfect sunrise.|
Dusky dolphins are one of the smallest species, but they were still as long as me (I know that's not too difficult, but you know what I mean.) When I put my head under the water I could see six or eight at a time swimming so close to me that at times I thought they may actually touch me. It was such a fantastic feeling and I kept ending up with mouthfuls of sea water as I was laughing so much.
|The dolphins are ready for playtime.|
|Fancy a spin?|
|The photo doesn't do it justice, but a 2m fin is an impressive sight.|
|#11 done and I'm still managing to smile - despite the seasickness!|