Dolphins in La Herradura bay
One of the questions that always pops up on our charters and courses is “will we see some dolphins?”
This is a difficult question to answer because I hate to promise something that we can’t always deliver and try as I might to negotiate some kind of pay deal with a local dolphin pod they are notoriously unreliable time keepers for the simple reason that not one of them wears a watch! Also, they only accept payment in live fish which our bank manager assures us cannot be transferred electronically to their savings account. And, despite a very dubious dolphin call developed by Amanda, we don’t speak their language which makes negotiating a deal with them almost as bad as Theresa May negotiating Brexit with the European Union.
Even with very reliable intel from the local divers (dolphins spotted off Punta de la Mona) we still cannot guarantee a sighting of these magnificent animals so unfortunately for us, our guests and our students the answer we usually come up with is “maybe” or “possibly” or “you never know”.
Such a wonderful sight
That said, we often see dolphins along this stretch of coast and it is always a treat when they turn up. Admittedly, it’s a bit more challenging when they are spotted in the middle of a lesson about how to reef a sail and everyone disappears off up to the bow to do a bit of dolphin spotting, but a treat nonetheless.
Does anybody speak dolphin?
The video clip above shows a classic example of dolphins turning up when you least expect them. Amanda was in the middle of a teaching session with three of our students, just off La Herradura, when up pop some dolphins, late as usual (they’d been booked for at least 30 minutes before). Obviously they were not responding to Amanda’s aforementioned dolphin call which mercifully we can’t hear in the clip. Then, in true dolphin style, they shot off into the distance after disrupting everybody and everything.
The key to spotting dolphins
These beautiful fun loving mammals are not always easy to spot and we know that there are many more of them out there than we actually notice. The key to spotting them is to gaze into the middle distance and watch for little white splashes. These are often picked up out of the corner of your eye and if you notice one you should move your focus to that area and watch for 10 – 20 seconds. If it was a dolphin you’re likely to see him coming up for air again but if it wasn’t you may see another equally fascinating sea creature like a flying fish, a turtle or maybe even a whale.
Keep your eyes peeled
Next time you’re out on a boat spend a few minutes looking out to sea and watch for those tell-tale splashes, you never know what you might see. You can even have a go at making up your own unique call to the creatures of the deep. Let’s just hope it’s better than Amanda’s ;-)
More photos of dolphins
And now, as we’ve whetted your appetite for dolphins, here are a few photos that we’ve managed to snap…