I've waited my entire life to swim with dolphins, and since I do NOT support the poor caged dolphins, obviously my only chance was an encounter in the ocean. As we loaded the boat for a snorkel tour yesterday I chanted to myself - today I will see wild dolphins. Our first stop was out by Santa Maria on STT. I geared up my tour of 4 people and flopped off the boat into the crystal clear blue water of at least 60ft vis. Immediately my boss yelled.... Dolphins, right below us! There they were, what I have waited 33 years to see, 3 beautiful dolphins swimming underneath us at about 30 ft. I just bought my first set of free diving fins so grab my camera and start recording struggling to keep up with them. They didn't get too close or play with us unfortunately but I did get some video... wait until the end, this majestic and beautiful dolphin..... laid down a big ol poop for us and then swims off. Pretty funny, and regardless of the poop it was fabulous getting to enjoy dolphins in their NATURAL habitat where they belong. Looking forward to many more dolphin swims....sans poop lol.
And on a side note, got to play with some nurse sharks in STJ last week too. Rode for a brief minute on the smaller ones dorsal.
THIS is why I moved here 😉