After going to the beach during the summer in OB for fifty years, I have never seen such a dramatic display of dolphin drama as a pod demonstrated yesterday – July 10th – just beyond the breaker line in South OB.
I was sitting with two friends waiting for the wind to die down, for the waves to get less choppy, and for the conditions in general to get better. We were sitting next to a firepit just north of Tower Two when all of a sudden my friends yelled out. What?
Dolphins jumping! Right there – right beyond the breakers!
My gaze – now focused – scanned the waters in front of the OB Pier – and there they were: an entire squad of slippery, silvery sea mammals playing, romping – yes, even jumping into the air.
Our oohs and ahhs continued as other beach-goers also discovered the delightful display of dolphin behavior. People started standing up, some grabbed their cameras. My own camera was off in the parking lot submerged in my other surfing paraphernalia in the car.
We sat and we watched. It was spectacular. And wow! Two dolphins simultaneously jumped totally out of the water for a brief, brisk moment – right next to each other. I’ve never seen that in the wild.
We began speculating … maybe these jumping guys were escapees from SeaWorld, or perhaps there was a “fish boil” right where they were hanging out.
It continued for many minutes, seeing the fins and the jumps, between the breaker line and the orange buoy bobbing out there. We estimated as many as half a dozen dolphins were putting on a show for us – unequaled in my half century of hangin on the beach waiting for the surf to get better.
But this was better than a SeaWorld show, this was better than Comic-Con, this was better than any entertainment I’ve ever seen at the beach and in the surf.
Jumping dolphins in OB. Sweet.