August 27, 2012 in Category Australia,Scarlett Adventures...,The Whitsundays


 So… my first encounter with a dolphin wasn’t quite the romantic experience I anticipated – being dead and all it wasn’t really up for too much Scarlett-lovin’.

 Anyway, as the poor thing floated upside down past me I promised myself I was going to get a cracking photo of a live dolphin during my trip to Australia…

…a promise I completely forgot about until, as I was quietly swigging a bottle of VB on the top deck of a whale watching boat in HerveyBay, someone screamed “Quick…DOLPHINS!!!”

As the whole boat seemed to rush towards the sighting, my Mother (who, with the joy of finally seeing the humpback whales was already borderline hysterical anyway) began to push my back and, quite literally, use me as a batering ram through the crowds.

Had it been me who she had mercilessly knocked out of the way using a human, I would have been fuming – but for whatever reason the rest of our her fellow whale enthusiasts seemed to feed off her frantic enthusiasm… and before I knew it I had been placed right at the bow of the boat with a small hysterical crowd gathered behind me.

Sure enough there they were; dolphins… leaping out of the water, dodging the waves and playing cheekily with the boat… it beat my first dolphin experience hands down – what with them being alive and all…

Seriously though, the whole dolphin hype is completely justified, they’re such beautiful animals.

After a watching them for a couple of magical minutes, I regained consciousness of the world around me… only to hear my Mum reiterating the story of my first dolphin encounter to her new fanbase that had surrounded me. Suddenly, the serenity that had come with watching the dolphins was destroyed as someone shouted, “Ahhhh No! Girl you gotta’ get a photo” and I was promptly shoved so far across the railing that I was practically bent double!

Fumbling desperately for my camera, a professional photographer sidled up next to me…

How did I know he was a professional photographer?

Well besides the fancy-pants camera around his neck, the business card that he gave me and the sheer desperation in his eyes… only gymnasts and photographers could have twisted themselves into the strange positions that he was!

Can we please remember that I’d had a couple of beers, I was on a rocky boat… but taking a photo of a dolphin swimming at around 30miles an hour is completely impossible, especially with the world’s slowest camera! So after taking a few blurry shots (and telling the camera to fuck off about 30 times like it was going to listen) I gave up…

…until the photographer next to me suddenly got so excited that he forgot all about getting the perfect picture for himself, and focused all of his attentions at bellowing down my ear, “Get the shot girl… come one get the shot girl, GET THE SHOT”

Before I knew it everyone around me seemed to be screaming the same thing… led by the biggest cheerleader of them all of course; my Mum.

Don’t get me wrong, it was the sweetest thing ever but…

Hello Pressure.

No-one seemed to realise how totally crappy my camera was… so eventually I had to throw my arms up in the air with an exaggerated “YESSS!” and pretend that I “got the shot”.

I didn’t… Obviously… But you guessed that already didn’t you?

Even the dolphin itself seemed to be looking at me like, “seriously girl, what the fuck?”

What’s worse I had to scuttle off to the top deck before anyone asked to see the picture – so I didn’t even get to enjoy the sights!

BUT… don’t fear you beautiful people, I have gone to the trouble of drawing a cracking picture for you instead….


19 comments… read them below or add one

CeCe August 28, 2012 at 5:24 am

You should have posted your winning dolphin photo. Lol!


Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

Haha – National geographic award coming up lol x


ShimonZ August 28, 2012 at 5:52 am

What a wonderful dolphin picture! And your drawing is hmmm, friendly. Dare I suggest…? that maybe you ought to try roaming the seas without your mother? In some places, you might even try swimming with the dolphins.


snowbird August 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm



Erik August 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I swam with the world’s smallest dolphins in New Zealand, and it was an amazing experience. I’m taking my wife to Florida next month, and were going to do it there. I’m going to surprise her with this, she’s not much of a traveler, but I think she’s going to be very excited when she finds out!


Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

Ahh that sounds incredible Erik! xx


Lesley Peterson August 29, 2012 at 3:12 am

Dolphin mania! I totally understand it, having seen them swimmin’ and sleepin’ in little groups off the (quieter) coast of Waianae, Oahu. They actually came over to the boat, curious, then swam leaping and spinning (they were special spinning dolphins) alongside us. What am I saying?? They’re all special dolphins!


Monica August 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

Awww, I seriously carried on reading all the way to the end thinking you were going to say that you did manage to get that shot! I love the drawing though, so much better than a professional pic 😉


Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

Haha, thanks Mon x


Spanish Translator @latinAbroad August 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

LOL girl, you crack me up. I must admit though, I am kind of sad you didn’t get that dolphin shot. Somehow, I totally think you would…

– Maria Alexandra


Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

Me too Maria :( Next time hopefully! Thanks girl x


Futureshape August 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

HAHA! GET THE SHOT! I love this 😀 How impossible a shot would that have been and after a few beers, with the whole boat waiting with baited breath, even the most experienced photographers would have choked. At least you saw those beautiful creatures and that memory will stay with you forever!




Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thankyou Holly :) x


Sophie August 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Ha, great story! What about the picture at the top? You didn’t take that then?


Tom @ Waegook Tom September 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

That’s the most threatening dolphin I’ve ever seen. Seriously, what crawled up its ass and laid eggs?

Also, what crawled up the photographer’s ass? Seriously. I’d have just blankly gazed at him and then pushed him overboard.


Scarlett September 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Haha I know, I should have, he was manic – far too manic considering I had a hipflask of vodka with me! x


Jess @UsedYorkCity September 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That picture puts real dolphins to shame! Fabulous story telling (and art!) skills!:-)


Heather October 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Thank you, thank you for checking out my blog and leaving a comment — so I could find you. Looking forward to reading through your posts :-)


Scarlett October 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

No Problem Heather – glad to have found you! x


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