On the sparkling azure Sea of Cortez on Sunday morning, between the Loreto marina and Isla Coronado, stars aligned and the universe presented us with a truly magnificient sight: 300+ bottle nose dolphins in a feeding frenzy, diving and slapping and gliding underneath our transport, Captain Francisco Davis’ fishing boat the Pajaro.
Francisco told us he named his boat Pajaro because his father used to say that being out on the water made him feel free as a bird.
The dolphins sounded like Darth Vader as they breathed hard before slapping the sea with powerful tails to herd their prey, then diving deep for a mouthful.
Kid One, caught up in the spectacle of the moment, asked the Captain’s permission to jump overboard and join them. He was very brave; the water was about 65 degrees and the dolphins outnumbered him by about 300 to 1.
A true once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a rare opportunity to be humbled by the majesty of the world around us.