After just circling around avoiding the waves most of the day, the dolphins finally decided the waves were to their liking.
The humpbacks are slowly starting to head back to Antartica with a couple each day moving past. This is nearly a month earlier than last year. While we were watching a mother and calf playing around offshore, Better Homes and Gardens were cooking up a storm on the rocks. They had caught a squid from the Busselton jetty earlier today, and cooked it up on the rocks nearby. They mixed the squid with vegetables, and some grasses and seaweed they picked locally. They heated some stones and then put them in the soup to heat it. It gave everything a lovely mineral flavor – very tasty. I offered them some whale shots, but they couldn’t use stills.
It has been wet, windy, with big seas and generally conditions that even dolphins are not happy about. Today they turned up again, but spent most of their time at Windmills, just north of their usual hangout.
It was overcast with choppy confused seas. Not a lot of surfing happening, but the dolphins found a few waves.
The dolphins have been visiting Sandpatches more regularly lately. They move along the beach chasing fish, and then go out to sea a bit and come back to their starting position in a circle or oval pattern of movement. It is a matter of waiting until they are close to shore, and the right size waves arrive. Then they can’t resist and take off in the surf, sometimes finishing by leaping out the back of the wave.
In the strong wind this morning there was a continuous stream of Gannetts going from east to west past Pt Picquet. Many of them were diving for fish.