Dolphin off Santa Barbara
Dolphin off Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, California, USA
I get to see a lot of dolphins and sea lions when I take my kayak out on Santa Monica Bay. On occasion, I have even found myself sitting in the middle of an inquisitive pod watching as the dolphins jumped out of the water to get a better look at me and my yak. You can only get a true sense of the speed, power, and beauty of these magnificent animals when up close like that.
This image was taken while hanging over the bow of a catamaran, whale watching boat about halfway between Santa Barbara and Anacapa Island. It was my favorite shot of the day. This particular dolphin was having fun racing the boat. As soon as he passed the bow, he gleefully went airborne and I caught him just as he broke the surface of the water. We saw 31 humpback whales that day and hundreds of dolphins and sea lions.