Dolphin Spotting

It was a glorious day here. Well, as glorious as it gets in northern Scotland. The sun was shining, it was moderately warm and the sky was blue. There is nothing to be done with a day such as this but go to the beach.

Which I did.

It was quiet: most folk are at work and kids are still in school, and I wandered about for a bit before sitting down on a bench to enjoy the view.

That’s when I spotted them, the dolphins, travelling across the sea in graceful arcs.

I may have cried.

I mean, I’m a city girl who still gets a thrill when she sees a bird which isn’t a sparrow or a pigeon. Bunnies leave me gurgling with excitement. But a dolphin? Dolphins happen to other people, not to me. But they were there, before me, at – admittedly – quite a distance. I could make out  the sharpness of their black fins and the white foam of the sea where they splashed down and I longed to be close enough to hear them and to feel the spray from their aquabatics.

Today, I had to make do with snatching a few pictures so I could capture them in patterns of ones and zeros while the real things continued out to sea. They’re not of a particularly high quality, but I thought you might like to see them too.

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8 Comments

  1. Margot Kinberg
    Jun 4, 2013

    Nettie – Oh, lucky you! And thank you so much for sharing this! Absolutely lovely. I’ve spotted dolphins a few times myself and it always lives my soul…

  2. Margot Kinberg
    Jun 4, 2013

    Nettie – Oh, lucky you! And thank you so much for sharing this! Absolutely lovely. I’ve spotted dolphins a few times myself and it always lives my soul…

  3. Nettie
    Jun 4, 2013

    Yes! That’s exactly it, Margot. Thank you x

  4. Nettie
    Jun 4, 2013

    Yes! That’s exactly it, Margot. Thank you x

  5. Abi Burlingham
    Jun 5, 2013

    How gorgeous. It’s my dream to see dolphins – have been to dolphin friendly places out on boats but haven’t caught sight of any yet. I would have cried too! x

    • Chris Mills
      Jun 10, 2013

      It must have been a lovely sight. We still get excited seeing seals out in Dublin Bay, despite that it’s a pretty common thing.

  6. Abi Burlingham
    Jun 5, 2013

    How gorgeous. It’s my dream to see dolphins – have been to dolphin friendly places out on boats but haven’t caught sight of any yet. I would have cried too! x

    • Chris Mills
      Jun 10, 2013

      It must have been a lovely sight. We still get excited seeing seals out in Dublin Bay, despite that it’s a pretty common thing.

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