I was lucky enough to start my 30 Days Wild on holiday in Cornwall, where I experienced a ‘moment of wildness’ that I can honestly say I’ll carry with me forever.
My girlfriend and I booked tickets for a sea safari from Padstow, hoping to add some new seabirds to our 2021 bird list. As the boat sped out of the Camel Estuary, I held my camera close to my chest and kept my eyes scanning out across the vast expanse of blue. Gannets, guillemots, razorbills and even puffins quickly joined our safari but, about an hour into the trip, the real magic started. A fin was spotted just to the right of the boat and the engine was turned off. Everyone held their breath as we desperately searched the waves, hoping for another glimpse. Just as I began to think I had missed the only brief sighting we were to have, two more fins emerged ahead of the boat. And then another!
Soon we were enjoying one of the best wildlife experiences of my life. A pod of common dolphins surrounded the boat, gliding beneath us, swimming in our wake and throwing themselves out of the water all around us. Children and adults alike were clapping and gasping in amazement as we watched these incredible animals, who were clearly enjoying themselves enormously. Sharing magical wildlife encounters like this with others inspires such a mix of emotions such as excitement, joy, amazement, and gratitude. We all realised how fortunate we were to experience a moment like that. When safely back on shore, I was thrilled to see I had managed to capture some great images of the morning. A few other passengers and I compared notes, excitedly reliving the incredible moment we had all shared.