by Cecil Sanders | IG: @CecilSandersPhotography
It was a bright clear morning and I stood at Brennecke Beach with snorkel and underwater camera gear in hand. A little ways out in the water I noticed dark dorsal fins breach the surface, over and over.
I put on my snorkel mask and fins. With camera gear in tow, I swam briskly a 1/4 mile out into deep water. I could see the ocean floor with its wavy contours of bluish-yellow sand, about 20 feet below. I searched above the surface and below. No dolphins or dorsals in sight. I raised my head up and kicked hard with my fins, pushing my body high out of the water for a better vantage point and spotted the dorsal fins about 100 yards away.
Unable to use my hands for swimming since they were occupied with the bulky underwater camera housing and light set, my legs kicked harder and harder pushing me through the water toward the action.
Suddenly, the dolphin fins changed course, they were headed in my direction. I was struck with anxiety and asked myself ... what if these dolphins aren't dolphins? What if they think I am a threat? I am out here alone, unable to call for help or have a way of defending myself.
I ducked my head under the surface and saw many dark figures heading right toward me. With camera ready, I waited. I started counting 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 20. Dolphins were everywhere. A group of 5 zipped one way as 15 others went a different direction. They were as curious of me as I of them.
My anxiety turned to fascination. My hesitation to excitement. I had never experienced being a part of ocean life in this way. I was hooked. I am hooked.
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