Monday, 26 May 2014

The sounds of silence

Here in the archipelago, far from land, the main sound is water lapping and the breeze whistling through the mangroves. There are rarely any other boats (although last night there were fishermen anchored downwind from us so we could hear their voices faintly) and no traffic or habitations of any sort, so it's pretty quiet.

One lonely mark standing on the sandbank near the entrance of the cay.

This freaked me out the first day we arrived, but I'm getting used to it now. Sometimes it is so quiet I can hear my watch ticking. Fortunately, we motored for 8 hours yesterday and the engine caused so much noise that my need for sound was satiated.

I am pretty sure that it all sounds louder underwater and yesterday we were graced with two visits from my favourite sailing friends - dolphins! Amazingly enough, they managed to hold still long enough for me to capture them digitally.

Dolphin blobs!  You may have to click on the photo to enlarge it to get a better view.  I think they are bottle nose dolphins, they have the right shaped face and they were bigger than the common porpoises we saw earlier.
Which, by the way, is expected to be sometime on Wednesday evening/night. We have a good weather window and so will leave early tomorrow morning on our passage south, back to Montego Bay. Cross your fingers for the "just right" amount of breeze and for more dolphins!

Mangroves and white sand beaches, all there is to see around here.
P.S. FYI, our spot trackersubscription expires on May 28th. I will post once we arrive in Montego Bay, but I wanted to let you know just in case our trip takes longer than planned and you wonder why we no longer show up on the map.

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