One of my favorite activities is dolphin spotting. To the untrained eye it resembles loafing but aficionados understand the difficulties, intricacies, and the pay off. It’s an activity best undertaken with a glass of wine, beer, or a margarita in hand, a pair of binoculars and some patience.
All you do is stand, sit, or recline by the beach and stare into the water. You can see why some people will think you’re just loafing. But what you’re really doing is scanning the waves until something catches your eye. It will most likely be the tiny tip of a dorsal fin gliding through the waves. There might be one; there might be ten. Dorsal fins will emerge, submerge, emerge, submerge one after the other in a musical rhythm. If you get lucky dolphins in a playful mood will jump into the body of an oncoming wave and, before the wave crashes into white froth, be captured for a brief second in a window of blue. If you’re even luckier, they will leap above the waves and into the clear blue Baja sky.
Dolphin spotting can be done alone or with friends and has been known to bring strangers together as passersby, stop, shade their eyes against the sun, point, and shout “delfines! delfines!”.
The truth is that spotting just the tip of a single dorsal fin in the ocean is more exciting than an entire afternoon of watching dolphins at sea world.