Wild Dolphin Encounter! Swim & Talk with Wild Dolphin!

Watch this amazing video! This was shot unplanned and impromptu!

We were anchored just 60 feet from the beach at Chat ‘n Chill, Stocking Island, in the Exumas of the Bahamas. My wife told me she just saw a dolphin swimming near our boat, so I grabbed my GO PRO Camera, and my snorkelling gear and jumped in. There were a few people swimming by the beach, and they also noticed the dolphin and started swimming towards it. The dolphin was playing hide and go seek with the humans! He would surface and get the peoples attention, then dive down, and swim up behind them and surface again. The people would turn around and start swimming towards the dolphin again, he would dive down and disappear again. The game continues, what an intelligent dolphin, he must think us humans are pretty dumb.

Archie on the beach.

This shows how close we were anchored, and the dolphin was between the beach and our boat.

I on the other hand, saw a different perspective underwater, I could see where he was going, and I would follow him. He allowed me to get pretty close, but not too close, any closer than a 3 feet and he would burst off. On the other hand, my 10 year old son Alex, who is 70lbs soaking wet, was able to get as close as a foot from him. Alex was snorkelling on the surface and the dolphin was swimming upside down underneath him. They were a foot apart and examining each other. Alex never reached out to touch him, they just enjoyed each others company. I guess the dolphin did not feel threatened by a innocent little boy.

However, I would not recommend reaching out and grabbing his dorsal fin and trying to go for a ride. These are wild dolphin and they may try to defend themselves. They are not trained sea world type dolphins. I doubt that you would be successful at the getting ahold of his dorsal fin anyways. Dolphin have been known to be able to kill sharks, by thrusting them in the temple with their snout. They have been known to save human divers from sharks as well, by circling around them, and allowing the divers to surface to safety.

Dolphin could swim at speeds of up to 20 knots, their cruising speed is 3 to 6 knots. When swimming in the bow wave of a boat, they are being pushed along. Although the boat might be doing 10 knots or more, they are actually only exerting effort to swim about 3- 6 knots, they are taking a free ride, swimming in a current so to speak.

In my encounter the dolphin spoke to me in his own language, if you listen to the video carefully, you can hear him speaking. I believe he was saying watch this, then he dug up a crab with his snout and ate it. Then he smiled at me all proud and swam away. This was an amazing experience, and not unusual at all to experience in the out islands of the Bahamas.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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