Whales, Tiger sharks and Sea monsters!

Whales, Tiger sharks and Sea monsters!

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So 2 days ago my friend Danielle and I agreed to meet for our bye monthly or so paddle at the Harbor. We both have kids so we meet right after we drop our kids off at school. I am usually out there before them, but this morning I had a few things hold me up. So they were already there when I got there. They meaning that our friend Alexis met us out there too. As I paddled out through the harbor mouth I could already see them by the green buoy. So I sped up some to try to catch up with them. I could see that they were already in the pod of dolphins out there. I quickly caught up to them and I could see a few dolphins but the pod looked small. I mentioned that to the girls and they said no that there’s a lot of them, they we just spread out. The girls immediately jumped off there boards and got in the water with them. I was little concerned about the boats out there and if we were in there way. I fumbled with my go pro and by the time I got it together the pod switched directions and I didn’t get any underwater footage. But I did manage to get some decent outa water video of the girls close to them though.
I made a suggestion that we paddle out and south to see if we can see any whales. That’s usually a good area to see them just south of the harbor because the water gets really deep quick out there. So we ended up paddling about a mile or so south west and didn’t see any. What was cool was the fact that the dolphins were along side us the whole way out there. They were probably heading to the pier to rest.
So I made a suggestion that we paddle in the other direction to see if there was any heading north. About that time I accidentally hit Danielle’s board with mine and she fell in. I apologized and as she came up laughing saying no problem there’s only whales, tigers and sea monsters down there! After about another mile or so e didn’t see any so I told the girls I was going to go for a surf. The waves didn’t look very good but I knew I could get 1 or 2 if I tried. So we split up and I continued North east and they went back south east towards the harbor entrance.
I ended up having one of the funner sessions that I’ve had in awhile. I didn’t know why I was catching so many waves and not falling as much as I normally do. I had to think about it for awhile. Then I remembered that I started practicing Yoga about a month or so ago. I heard that it helps with coordination but boy I didn’t realize how much! I was having a blast, except for all the time I wasted messing around with my GoPro. But I ended up getting some nice shots so I guess it was worth it.
After I took what was my last wave in, I rode it all the way to the inside reef and almost hurt myself in the process. Well the wave was so fun I didn’t want to kick out so I kept going on it and going, until I ended up on the reef shelf. By the time I realized how far in I was it was to late. I tried to paddle out out without falling but my fin caught the reef and shot me off the board like I was in a car accident! I was flayling on about 6 inches of water. I managed to finally get myself deep enough to get back on my board with no reef cuts. At that point I knew I had enough and started my paddle back towards the harbor. I did have to stop for a snorkel though since I had my goggles with me. I keep finding these Amazing snorkel spots out there that I never knew existed.
When I finally got back into the harbor mouth I could see Alexis standing at the mouth. She was pointing down into the water so I paddled over to her. She said the Tiger shark nick named Lavern was around and they got videos of it under there boards. So I am always up for some good ol’l shark fun and I started looking for her. She said a boat came a chased her into the harbor. So I kept paddling into the harbor and didn’t see her. Alexis took off and I decided to keep looking I turned my board around and started heading back to the mouth of the harbor when all of a sudden I look down and see an ominous looking shadow below me. So I slowed down and could see it moving right below my board! I kept looking to make sure and then I seen it! The huge tail fin swaying back and forth with perfect timing like an old Grandfather clock. I knew then it was her. so I kept paddling to catch up. Again, fumbling for my camera I finally got it ready and about the same time a large fishing boat came into the harbor exactly where she was. After it went by I couldn’t see her anymore. I felt alittle bummed that I didn’t get to take any shots of her, but then again I was so thankful about what just happened. I got to get that close to on of the most AMAZING creatures on this earth and live to tell about it!


Mike Fields