“So long, and thanks for all the fish!”


P1050549What I partly missed, partly omitted from the last Abel Tasman post were The Dolphins!

On our way to Heaven, a.k.a. Apple Tree Bay, the crew asked us if it were OK to take a little detour, because they heard there’s a pod of dolphins nearby.

As any normal person would, let alone tourists, the whole boat was more than happy to take the detour. As we got to the place there was not just a bunch of them as I expected, but rather 20-25 of all sizes. There were also calves swimming right next to their mums, and they were just sooo cute.

Dolphins are, I find, yet another natural wonder that we’ve grown to regard as normal, even trite – there was a place in my New Zealand guide-book, where they’ve stated that “if you want to do something less trivial than swimming with the dolphins[…]” (a quote from memory). How jaded do you have to be, to see swimming with the dolphins as trivial and ordinary? They are not just smooth, shiny, smiling creatures. They are also playful and curious and smart and, of course, an ever entertaining sight. One of those things you’d think, you’d get bored with five minutes later, but you never do. Especially with wild ones! Because we’ve all seen the dolphins at the aquariums as kids, and maybe some of you have been to water parks and such, where they make them jump through hoops and such, but as far as I’m concerned, there’s no coached trick that can beat seeing a dolphin just unmistakably showing off! 🙂

This memory brings back another one. Of a book. You guessed it, it’s Dolphin Island, and if you haven’t read it – get right on it because it is definitely worth it. I’ve read almost nothing by Arthur Clarke, I’m ashamed to say, but this one would suit non-sci-fi readers just as much as dedicated fantasts.

So, to summarise, dolphins are awesome! Just wanted to put this out there. 😉

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xx, Y.

About Yoanna Novakova

Yoanna is a reader, writer, traveller, concert goer, hiker, drinker, thinker and, of late... a blogger. She's currently doing a lot of travel writing (obviously), but fiction, fantasy and life-writing all have a representative in her portfolio. A reader of varied tastes, she's even been called "strange" for enjoying Stephen King and Terry Pratchett alike. In her pre-teen years, she used to be the kid who'd re-read her favourite books over and over again. Now she knows life is just too short for that. Always reading more than one book at a time, always writing more than one project at a time, she is yet to find her perfect pace. But she's working on it!
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