Day 2 On-board ferry

“…you could still see their outline under the surface as they raced toward the bow. Utterly stunning experience….for some of us. It was after about five minutes of watching this spectacle I remembered H was still in her cabin, oops.”

So last night we relaxed a ‘little’ too much, which resulted in H waking with a bit of a headache. I slept like a log, as we had an inner cabin with no porthole to the outside world and no light filtering in to wake me…bliss.

The smooth start to the ferry ride yesteryday had given way to a bit of rockin’ and a rollin’, which meant H ‘s breakfast was almost appearing for seconds a few times!

We found the front viewing lounge on the ship, where it was quiet and you could relax with maps, papers and books etc. After lunch we were treated to a Whale & Dolphin sightings talk by the resident expert, who explained which species was possible to spot and why. Very helpful, so we found seats again in the front viewing lounge and waited.

…and waited.

Dolphins

H was still feeling a bit woozy, so went to the cabin for a lie down while I stayed on with the paper. About an hour later an almost hysterical cry of “Dolphins!” was heard a few feet from my left ear, shortly followed by everyone in the lounge jumping to their feet and craning their neck to get a better look. Sure enough there they were in the distance about 2 o’clock in front and heading for the bow of the boat, where they race in to meet the pressure wave the front creates in the water and have a surf along! There was certainly in excess of 150 spotted, with youngsters jumping alongside their mums. From the height we were in the boat you could still see their outline under the surface as they raced forward. Utterly stunning experience….for some of us. It was after about five minutes of watching this spectacle I remembered H was still in her cabin, oops. Being the considerate husband I decided to stay and mentally record the dolphins as they played in the sea, so I could recount it later in full to her rather than cut the experience short. Besides, our dolphin expert swore blind there would be more later in the day, around 5pm. Fingers crossed then!

Fortunately I have a very understanding wife and she soon forgave me. We then spent the rest of the afternoon glued to the windows of the lounge trying to spot more….and we did. At one stage there was a school of dolphins appearing every five minutes or so. (I couldn’t help comparing them to surfers who finally see the ultimate wave approaching and desperately paddle out to catch it).

During the afternoon we also saw a small pod of pilot whales, while the seasoned whale watchers up on deck with their long lenses saw a fair few more on the horizons.

I took what I thought would be a crystal clear video of the dolphins as they jumped and swam towards the boat, however on getting home soon realised it looks like a load of white wave tops in the waters below. See for yourselves from this video.

The excitement soon died down as the dolphins had finished their playtime it appeared, so off we went for some food. The couple beside us remained glued to the windows, as they were on the P&O Dolphin Watching cruise and weren’t docking at Bilbao.

Day 3: Bilbao – Biarritz

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