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Friday, January 11, 2008

So Long - And Thanks For All The Photos

Draaihoek Beach at 6.00am is deserted (except for some kelp . . .). A soft wind blows in from the South Atlantic, and a gentle surf crashes onto the ramp of sand at my feet. Behind me, over the dunes, the sun has just risen, and the sand-flies cast long shadows. Southwards the beach disappears into the middle air: northwards the sandstone cliffs of Eland's Bay rise above the salt haze. Suddenly, a fin shows where a breaking wave curls into foam at its crest, and a dark body skims forward on the swell: a dolphin is surfing towards the shore.
A hundred yards out three more groups of dolphins are frolicing, turning their backs above the water; periodically one jumps clear of the sea. At this point my camera announces that its batteries are flat, so this blog's policy of crisp minimalism with respect to illustrations will be maintained. Later on a seal waddles along the beach before galumphing into the surf, swimming into a foot of water, taking a brief look back at the land, and then shooting with astonishing speed and grace along the line of breakers, its head and back breaking above the foam.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful piece of writing, Nick. Really enjoyed reading it.

12/1/08 8:37 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Isn't it a pod of dolphins, or are "doplhins" an entirely different kettle of collective noun?

12/1/08 11:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could be a pod, or a school:

pod 2 (pd)
A school of marine mammals, such as seals, whales, or dolphins. See Synonyms at flock1.
[Origin unknown.]
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14/1/08 12:11 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Ah . . 'doplhins' would seem to be a breed of marine mammal only encountered in my keyboard . . .

15/1/08 10:27 am  

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