Being a lifelong boater and diver, I have had some truly incredible marine wildlife experiences. Still, to this day, one of my favorite things is to interact with dolphins in the wild. While cruising on your boat next time, if you spot a pod of dolphins, follow these steps and get the camera out for what can be a magical experience.
Step 1: Locate dolphin.
Step 2: Approach slowly.
Step 3: As you cross their path, slowly increase speed to create the largest boat wake possible. Do not continue to speed up or get on a plane, as this will reduce wake size. Trim tabs help significantly in this situation.
Step 4: Maintain speed and boat wake while continuing to drive straight.
Step 5: Wait, hope it’s your lucky day, and if they are in a playful mood, you will be in for a really special experience!
Tip: Bigger boats and wakes make for a better experience with a higher chance of success.
Bonus Tip: It always helps if you make dolphin noises to encourage your new dolphin friends.