Words cannot express how joyous I feel after yesterday’s dive in Anacapa Island. I experienced first hand, the beauty that fills our world. I swam with over 30 seal lions, saw a pod of dolphins and came up right next to a family of Orcas with a brand new baby in tow. For an adventurer like me, this day was perfect in every single way. I could die tomorrow knowing how blessed I am to get to see and do the things I do. Chris and I drove up from Los Angeles to meet with some of my buddies from high school, Erin and Jed. We headed out on our favorite Channel Island boat The Raptor! It was a 3 tank dive at Anacapa Island in Channel Islands. While diving, over 30 seals surrounded us, swimming and playing with us. They were taunting us because we were so slow in comparison to them. I can’t wait to get the video and pictures from Jed who brought is Go Pro. Hopefully he reads this and sends them to me RIGHT meow.
I thought our day was amazing right up until we spotted an adorable family of Orcas cruising towards our boat. In that moment it became unreal, like I had dreamed the entire day. Sea World has NOTHING on seeing these amazing creatures in the wild. Orcas are my second favorite animal, only behind the great white shark. I dream about them all the time; sometimes they even talk in my dreams… usually in James Earl Jones’ voice, don’t ask me why…. I always hoped I would get to see them in real life. When my dream came true yesterday, it took every ounce of my sanity (and Federal Law) not to jump in with them. I can only imagine how protective the family would have been over their new-born calf. The bull was MASSIVE, almost as large as our boat. If I were to guess, I would say between 25-30 feet long. He came right up to our boat and swam right under us and back out the other side. I hope you got as much joy as I did seeing these beautiful animals. Get out and adventure the beautiful California ocean, you may be surprised at what you find. I hope you spot some whales, especially Orcas.
The last note I will leave you on is, always remember we need to protect the beautiful gifts our world gives us. Being contentious of how our attitudes and behaviors affect the world and our environment goes along way. I am a huge advocate for awareness and if your are interested in learning more check out Project Aware‘s conservation efforts. BYE from me and the Orca family!