I couldn’t wait to meet my first dolphin in the wild. Looking up Jervis Bay online would tell you that they are quite popular among locals for the white, sandy beaches and beautiful, clear waters. They would also tell you that they have wild dolphins in their bay area all year round. I was sold. They had me at the beautiful beach but to be able to see wild dolphins? I hit jackpot. Needless to say, this was one day trip away from Sydney that I was REALLY looking forward to.
Lesson 1: Searching in open waters is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
It’s SO hard to catch any glimpse of them! Each time I thought I caught a glimpse of a fin, my friend would point out that it was just waves. I went from shrieking out at every possible glimpse to sullenly squinting my eyes in the hopes that I actually catch sight of these dolphins. The boat went across the bay and back, the Captain changing course each time he received any reports of dolphins sightings in the area.
Lesson 2: Wild dolphins do not like choppy waters.
We started off in good weather conditions. Slowly, the swells began to get bigger. The wind kept getting stronger and eventually kept smashing into my face, blowing up my hair into this horrible, messy do. I stupidly refused to give up my watch for the dolphins in the open while my friends wisely moved indoors away from the attacking winds. I was miserable out there. Alone, cold and with no sights of a single dolphin.
Lesson 3: Wild = unpredictable
Respect the wild animals. It is precisely because they are wild animals that we cannot always predict their movements. I had to listen to this being reiterated over and over again by the Captain. The boat slowly turned back. I kept my eyes on the water the whole time, hoping and hoping against all odds.
But it was not meant to be.
The boat docked without a single sighting despite being out on the waters for quite a while. My guide told us that this is not a usual occurrence as the dolphins are usually found around the bay. I guess this was just not my day to see any of them.
Disappointed that I didn’t manage to spot any dolphins at this Jervis Bay, I contented myself with spending time on the beach instead. Wild dolphins? I’ll be sure to keep a lookout on another trip instead.
Have you ever experienced any animals in the wild? Or have you been disappointed with any of your experience meeting these animals? Please do share! 🙂