common joy

September 15, 2010 · 2 comments

in Mammals and Marsupials, Oceans, Rivers and Lakes

Common Dolphin   |   Mesmerising Moments

The first splash.

It was a wave, wasn’t it? Splash. A white crest of sprinkles on an ice-cream ocean.

“DOLPHIN!” Someone shouts. Splash. There’s a surge to the bow. My heart leaps. Could it possibly be? I climb higher; leave the crushes mad rush from port to starboard to stern to prow.

There’s something there. Choking joy crawls up from inside till I cry, “THERE’S SOMETHING THERE!” (A tiny prickle of nightmare fever – there are creatures under the water bigger than me.)

I’d seen it in books, in film on tv. But never like this.

Time, I plead, stop. Let me breathe in every morsel of this salty second. Cameras around me whirr and

I am mesmerised.


This picture was taken during this Mesmerising Moment on the boat back from Lundy Island off the coast of North Devon, England.


Find out more about the distribution and habits of the Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) on the Sea Watch Foundation website.


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inawelshgarden September 15, 2010 at 20:01

Ah ….. I know exactly what you mean. Dolphins …. not long since back from West Wales and the stretch from Cardigan Bay upto New Quay is known for sightings ….just incredibly moving, seeing them…

wildelycreative September 21, 2010 at 16:33

I was completely unprepared for it. Just makes me realise how little a lot of us know about the creatures and plants that are around us. I’d love to see more!

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