The day before my latest kayak misadventure, I had a much more enjoyable kayaking experience.
A school of dolphins were feeding not too far offshore, so I decided to kayak out to see them. As I got close they suddenly dove under, then a second later reappeared about 100 yards away.
I paddled to where they moved to and once again they disappeared, this time resurfacing where I had first seen them.
So I paddled back to their original spot, only to see them resurface 100 yards away again.
I did this a few more times before it occurred to me they might be toying with me – that making me paddle back-and-forth was how they played a game of “stupid human.”
Dolphins have always seemed playful to me, but this was the first time I thought about them as pranksters. I’ll see them that way from now on, though.