Dolphins at play in the waves

Exhalation - © Christopher Martin-4239

When I was on a catamaran sailing along the Na Pali Coast we had a close encounter with a small pod of dolphins where they swam alongside for several minutes. I loved watching the deceptive power in their movements. The cat was under full sail and the dolphins seemed to expend little effort to speed past the bow and slip in and out of the waves.

Slipstream - © Christopher Martin-4275

Nosing under - © Christopher Martin-4273

Splash - © Christopher Martin-4274

Dolphin mirage - © Christopher Martin-4277

On the return trip to the harbour, close to the first visit, a couple more dolphins (different I think as they seemed to be gray coloured versus the blue bodies of the first ones – although that could be a change in the light) came by and this time had a couple of humpback whales with them. The dolphins get very excited when the whales return for the winter and the two species are often found playing together and generally hanging out together until the whales head off around the globe again. The whales did not make any spectacular breaches but I felt no disappointment as just seeing them in their waters was magical.

Dolphin pair - © Christopher Martin-4668

Humpback ridge - © Christopher Martin-4651

8 responses

  1. Val

    Brilliant images, Chris. Thank you for posting them. 🙂

    January 26, 2013 at 10:56 am

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  3. Man, that’s an experience of a lifetime, I bet. The blue is gorgeous.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  4. How beautiful. You are blessed to have been so close to them

    January 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

  5. Anne Stuart

    Hi Chris, Love your Dolphins Your”re mom sent to me Will always look for more of your exciting adventures. Love Auntie Anne (in Vancouver}

    January 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  6. lisalday111711

    Incredible shots and so lucky to have been there to see them
    Lisa

    January 21, 2013 at 8:03 am

  7. What a dream! So lovely!

    January 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  8. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

    January 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

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