Our half-day tour started with a wet pick-up at the beach near Hotel Ojala. Nori and Lucan were our guides (Sierra was celebrating a special day) and Capt. "Gato" was at the helm.
As we made our way to prime habitat, we learned about fishing methods and their impact on dolphins. The tour proceeded slowly with no sightings for the first hour or so. We pulled into a beautiful cove of Corcovado and found that the birds that feed with the "resident" dolphins were still ashore - - not a positive sign. After a brief cruise to a cove with a waterfall, we were back out in open water.
We headed further and further from shore until, at last, Gato spotted a pair of dolphins. This led to a larger group, who took turns riding the bow wave of the boat or playing in our wake. What amazing and social creatures! We swam for a bit before heading toward Cano Island in hopes of locating another group. Success again, with an even larger group and more marvelous displays of swimming and jumping. Again we swam and then started heading back to shore.
We were told that whale sightings had been relatively few this season, but as we returned, keen-eyed Gato spotted a mother and baby humpback whale. We watched in fascination and quiet as these magnicient creatures swam and surfaced nearby. I will never forget their breathing, especially the exhales through their blow holes.
Throughout our journey, Nori and Lucan doted on our children - educating them, supporting them as they sat on the bow, allowing them to ride on their backs in the water and even monitoring their sun exposure. Their passion for life and living creatures was palpable. And we greatly appreciated the depth of their knowledge and their ability to share it. We were sorry to say our good-byes.
Logisitics were smooth. The boat was well-equipped with life preservers, cold water and packaged snacks. Unllike many boats in the area, it had a working radio. And it also had an underwater microphone with which we could hear the dolphins' vocalizations.
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