August 3, 2011
“There is always something to see” – Russell Letawsky, Hermit of Desolation Sound
That credo came true again this weekend in the Sound, as myself and several close friends were treated to a spectacular show of oceanic nature at sunset… earlier that day we had heard that a large pod of Pacific white sided dolphins had been spotted a few different times in our inlets, and were putting on quite a show, leaping out of the water and showing little fear of boats, swimming right up and around them.
We were off on our own adventures in a different part of the Sound when we heard about the dolphins, and thought for sure we’d have missed them when we got back to our cabin hours later. Amazingly, the pod was still there, and we were able to power Big Buck$ over to see them. I pulled up and stopped the engine a couple of hundred metres away so as to not disturb them and view from a respectable distance, when to our shock and delight, they all headed straight in our direction not once, but several times, swimming around and right under old Big Buck$.
In thirty years of off-and-on visits to Desolation Sound, I have never seen anything like it. Besides being with my wife, friends and family all weekend, it was the best birthday gift I could have ever hoped for.
What’s your favourite wildlife encounter?
Here’s the video: