by Laura Scott
Mysteries of life unraveled in Wild Dolphin Swim Encounters
I meet my new dolphin 'pod' adventurers at the charter airport: diverse,
travel weary, filled with unknown anticipations. They don't know it yet
but they are about to enter a Divine Recipe of great equalizers: the
sun, the sea, a custom built tri-maran and countless numbers of wild, free
dolphins. I look around at the group smiling, soaking all their
I've been making pilgrimages to swim with wild dolphins in the Bahamas for
coming up on 10 years now. Despite untold numbers of encounters with
dolphins and a stream of returning guests, no two trips have been nor ever
will be the same. It is the epitome of the indigenous saying,
"you cannot step in the same river twice." Impossible
because the water is constantly moving, shifting the sand beneath your
feet, the wind and air are in permanent flux, and so too is everything
that surrounds you...all along with the cells within your own bodily
vessel perpetually turning and changing. So begins the first of a
series of Dolphin Dancing Lessons that these guests and myself will
receive: the surrendering of all expectations.
It is an adjustment to live aboard a boat at sea. It is also a great
equalizer-not unlike camping. This is not a cruise ship filled
with excess upon excess. There will be efficient spaces tucked
inside efficient spaces tucked inside efficient spaces. Things we
take for granted on land-like computerized self flushing toilets, hair
dryers, unlimited amounts of ice, half hour showers, oodles and oodles of
privacy-will temporarily become a distant memory. We settle in and
begin to drink up the stunning views and warm Bahamian air like Cole
miners emerging from their missions beneath the surface. Dolphin Dancing
Lesson two: we don't need nearly as much 'stuff' as we think we do.
For some, the first night aboard is full of identifying sounds,
acclimating to this foreign and unfamiliar environment, with added study
of lessons one and two. For others, it is a concert of shooting
stars under the Milky Way; the sounds of waves gently lapping the
shore wafting over to our anchored haven. By the time familiar
smells of breakfast begin day two, hearty appetites and an
assortment of rested and sleepy faces emerge, ready for whatever the day
Our first visit to the dolphin 'grounds' is met with flat calm seas and
perfect weather. The captain and I exchange knowing glances that
'all things are glorious.' I explain to guests that at any point we
can see dolphins and encourage folks to lift their gaze up beyond their
sunscreen applications and books to keep a look out. I also begin my
own lookout. It doesn't take but a few minutes before the call
comes, "Dolphins off the bow! 12 o'clock!" In a
synchronized dance of captain, crew and facilitator, word quickly spreads
to guests, "They are here! They are here!" It is a moment
of release on several levels: joy, anticipation, appreciation,
wonder, and delight. Dolphin Dancing Lesson three: gratitude.
The dolphins show up, first 4, then 8, then 15, then too many to keep
counting. Spotted Atlantic dolphins in various sizes. They
weave around the boat in seamless wonder and curiosity. The sea is a
stunning turquoise with brilliant white sand below. Between the flat calm,
the sun, the clarity of the sea, and the dolphins, it is frankly, 'as good
as it gets.' Some of the dolphins are riding the boats' bow waves,
rolling partially on their sides so they can look up at us, just 2 and 3
feet above them, enjoying the pressure that comes off the bow wake.
You can feel their exuberance, curiosity and more. They linger
around us for a half hour or so, weaving in and out, playing in
mesmerizing groups of 2's, 3's and we watch-moving from one side of the
deck platform to another so as not to miss a delicious drop.
Based on the behavior and interest of the dolphins, the human tow lines
are let out behind us and the call goes out to 'don thy masks, fins and
snorkels.' We step off into the open sea, grab a place hold on one
of the tow ropes and are already transformed. With our masks
on, 'the upper world' (aka above the surface) quickly slips away as our
gaze centers and focuses onto the ocean world beneath the sea:
filled with sights, textures, and yes even sounds. Our proficient
captain and crew work as a team to continue to spot, observe and
respectfully keep us in flow with the dolphins.
I say respectfully because despite all intentions and human enthusiasm it
is imperative to remain conscious of the fact that we are indeed
interlopers in this magical world. Before any wild dolphin contact
or swimming is undertaken there must first be this primary understanding.
If dolphins are resting, feeding or such, their space must be respected
and maintained. We never chase dolphins and do not initiate touch.
The dolphins may and often do initiate touch with us, but this is
completely on their terms, not ours. That is why it is such an honor
to have a wild dolphin experience.
In a matter of seconds, out of the haze of the brilliant blue sea the
dolphins begin to emerge. All we have to do is relax and hold on.
They swim with us, sometimes 10 feet below us, casually rolling over to
see us above them. Other times they crisscross under and around us coming
within inches. A few times they rise up and are among us. The
pitch of their clicks and whistles and sonar penetrates the water and
leaves our human energy fields altered. Chakras open, the senses
release, and in a blur of their bubble streams, head nods and whistles the
dolphins stay with us this way for over an hour. Dolphin Dancing
Lesson four: when life sends you streams of bubbles, let it tickle
you as you swim through them.
Later that same day, we slip off the tow lines, bobbing in the flat calm,
laughing in our wonder and delight at what has just happened when
unexpectedly the dolphins return for more. As if following months of
rehearsal preparation and orchestration the guests and I begin to free
dive straight down-an invitation to the dolphins to play some more.
With complete synchronicity and perfection we participate in a rare and
perfect ballet: humans, dolphins, gently free diving, as if on some
synchronized team-silently, rhythmically, hypnotically. The only
sound is of our own clamor for air through our snorkels after several
minutes and several dives. The dolphins don't have to work so hard.
They are much more efficient breathers and swimmers than us. They
drift off quietly into the endless blue. But we are blissed out, too
blissed out in fact to find the portion of our brains where language and
those limited human vocabulary words are stored. Like ill fitting shoes
after a day of barefootin', nobody wants to put them back on.
Dolphin Dancing Lesson five: sometimes there are no words.
The next few days continue in magical succession. Each day our
diligent captain warns us that it was a perfect day yesterday, and in the
scheme of 'fairness' we may not see another dolphin all week. Each
day we giggle in wonderment as we climb back aboard after yet another
stream of miracles.
One afternoon was spent playing with 20-30 bottlenose dolphins-a rare
occurrence since they are notoriously more shy and elusive than their
smaller spotted counterparts. They greeted us underwater in a row of
spectacular tail stands, like sentries. That same day we are abruptly
yanked out of our now familiar dolphin energy stupor while on the tow
lines to have the honor to witness and vicariously experience a dolphin
healing: One dolphin went completely lifeless on it's side
near the surface and suddenly, the volume of underwater communication rose
up sharply and dolphins began to swarm the lifeless dolphin and push at it
with their noses. The sea became fraught with the sounds of loud
clicks, whistles and more as this lifeless dolphin was swarmed and pushed,
(still lifeless on it's side) all the way down to the sea floor, 12-15
feet below us. It laid there, moving only when jostled from the now
20 plus dolphins all pushing at it and well, shouting. The healing
went on for a few minutes against the white sandy bottom until just as
suddenly as it all began, it was over and the 'lifeless' dolphin opened
it's eyes, rolled over and with one tail wave darted off into the blue
leaving us human travelers agape in what we had just witnessed.
Dolphin Dancing Lesson six: When your friends come to help you, lie
still and let them. Quit fussing.
The week continued with event after event, and concluded with a day of
swimming with some baby spotteds. The babies were smooth and grey
without any 'spots.' They were young, some just 1-2 months
old, and played with us for over 2 hours while their ol' spotted auntie
babysat and stayed just close enough in the background. The babies joined
us on the tow lines-jostling us, laughing, and mimicking our formations.
One of the babies had no right fin. Just a 2 inch knot of joint
which the rest of his flipper should have been attached to. It was
startling at first, yet he was the most gregarious and delightful of the
group. Undaunted by his 'handicap' he actually used it to remain
more eye to eye with us and go whizzing from side to side or our group.
He was quite powerful in the water and pure fun to watch. More than
adjusting to his differences, he was celebrating them. Dolphin
Dancing Lesson Seven: Life is what you make it.
I emerge from my most recent wild dolphin adventures having witnessed
things I've never seen before. Water is a great equalizer,
magnifier, healer and illuminator. Wild dolphins adventures touch
the body, the mind and the spirit. They attract folks from all walks
of life. The trips leave us forever changed and connected on a stream of
bubbles and ancient stardust.
Scott is an internationally renown Author, Psychic & Channel, who
specializes in the work of the soul. Laura is featured on
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on-line column, Ask Laura, offers spiritual advice to millions around the
world. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Divining the
Future, and creator of the Ancient Stardust Directional Cards and the
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