I had the most amazing experience whilst out in the Noosa National Park recently both fishy related .I had taken a walk along the stunning and beautiful coastal trail from Hastings street Noosa to Dolphin Point and was really pleased to see a pod o f dolphins swimming and playing right at Dolphin Point . I did sadly witness an act of utter stupidity by a couple of boaters .The dolphins actually came in very close to shore and a paddle boarder was clearly keen to get up close to them and gently and silently and respectfully paddled towards them .A speed boat caught sight of the dolphin action thought they would come in for a closer look and noisily sped right up to where the dolphins were not thinking to keep a respectful distance and cut their engines as they moved in closer . Quite predictably much to my disappointment (and the paddleboarders no doubt) the dolphins disappeared altogether .
It was a super hot day and after the 2 k walk from Noosa I was really ready for a dip in the ocean and stopped off at one of the little bays for a swim on the way back .The water was very calm refreshing and beautiful hardly a wave in sight and crystal clear . As I swam in about waist high water suddenly I saw myself surrounded by these rather large fish lots of them . They were about 15 or 16 inches in length .Usually they were the sort you might see swimming by in a shoal but no these ones were checking me out surrounding me in a circle and coming in for a closer inspection . It was a little freaky . They were actually quite pretty silver coloured and transparent looking with black eyes and black tail tips and I actually could have reached in and pulled out a couple for dinner they were that close I felt somewhat beseiged though given the sheer size of them and started shooing them away.A lady came up to me and commented that she thought they might be drawn to my positive energy .I felt they were checking me out as if I was some sort of alien creature and something quite unfamiliar to them .
Actually at the beach another interesting synchronicity occurred .I had that morning as I read a local paper noticed that one of our prominent local musos Andrea Kirwin was giving her last Tracey Chapman concert that night after her Australia wide tour .I love her as a performer and I would have loved to have gone to the concert and lamented the fact I wasn’t organized to go to . Anyway I got talking to a guy at the beach telling him about my close encounter with the fish .As it turned out this bloke was a musician called Tom West who had travelled over from Adelaide with another folk musician called Lucinda R and they were performing with Andrea at another concert planned for the following night at Andreas studio ‘Peace Run records’ . Small world !!
Andrea Kirwin Photo taken by Charlotte Evelyn 2022 ( Courtesy of Andreas official website )
One other lovely thing that happened was that as I walked to Noosa following the coast and looking out to see I noticed a pod of dolphins travelling just a little up ahead almost parallel to me as I walked . We travelled thus all the way back in to town Each time I looked out to sea there they were just in front of me. It was a beautiful sight. A few other poeple were also following their course and taking photos as they went .I couldnt help but stop survey the serenity and beauty of the scene at sunset and give thanks for the dolphin. I felt blessed that they had seemed so close by and an almost constant presence for me that afternoon and I knew also they have lifted many other poeples spirits and brought joy and excitement and pleasure to quite a few other visitors that day as well . God Bless
Noosa Dolphin Safaris Photo courtesy of Noosa wild dolphin safaris.