The voyage had been uneventful, just the way I like them. Calm seas, sailable winds, cool temperatures, what more could I ask for? Dolphin?
My watch was late, starting at about 2 am. Dois had gone down with the exhausted dolphin hunter, Ginger, for a well deserved nap. It was a very dark night, again with no moon to see by. I was reading on the iPad, a common time-passer, when I heard a huge splash just a few feet from the bow. All I could see was a florescent footprint left by the splasher. Then a large and beautiful dolphin, not 6 feet from where I sat, came shooting straight up out of the water, turned to show me his glimmering underside and flopped onto the water, splashing me with the effort. Again, he left a glowing, sparkling universe where he had splashed down. Then another dolphin and another were all performing for me, each seemingly trying to get the highest, largest splash. I could see some of them zoom by and past Ashika with bio-luminescent trails like fairy dust in their wake. There were bio-luminescent glowing spots for miles around me, each one indicating there was another dolphin. I kept expecting Dois or Ginger to come out in response to all the noisy activity, but they were in their dreamland. Mine was a dream come true. Dolphin gathered around our boat, playing and splashing, with me as their only witness. Completely breathtaking.
We live in a world of wonder.
We arrived in Alcapulco Mexico on May 3rd, 2014. Ashika and crew are safe and sound waiting out a tropical storm before moving on.