News from Dolphin Central...

Winter Solstice 2018

New Engine, New Captain

Happy Solstice and I have lots of GOOD news from Key West! First of all, my media mate of 5 years, Erin, has now submitted all her paper work to the Coast Guard. That means the helm is being passed to Captain Erin Desmond. Now I will be the one swimming with you and taking the underwater photos as she watches over us. I will get to ride the bow driven by the brand new 225 HP Yamaha engine named VIBE. I can feel my childhood returning, yeah! Howwwllllll!
All of this happened the week before Thanksgiving when my engine was "talking" different. I thought she could wait until Monday, but I was wrong. Before my loving husband Art came out to tow me in, I was still able to do reverse, and went about a mile to calm water before he picked me up. My HERO. That was really kind of funny to learn as I did loop-de-loops up the channel to keep off of the flats on each side. I've never done that before. On Monday, half of my engine was pronounced un-savable. So, off we went to pick up the new one, half way up the state. What team work behind the scenes! My new engine was mounted by Thursday that week, and after only one charter in a rental boat, I was back in the Imp II by Friday. That was a major miracle and I am filled with deep gratitude.
We thought it would be grand to do a Crystals and Sacred Sound
Blessing on the new engine with our kindred spirits sisters. Off we went to "my office", the beach at Boca Grande, for not only a blessing on the engine but also for our new Captain Erin Desmond as well.
Erin's mama, Dede, looked at the back of the engine cover, as she was holding the tuning forks, and declared that the engine had 3 crossed tuning forks on it! That had been the logo for Yamaha for some time, as you can see from this research that Dede sent me, however, that logo wasn't on my last engine. So, my new engine was named Vibe (for vibration) right on the spot.
Suffice it to say, she is a well blessed engine and ready for you to enjoy on your next visit. She is so quiet that the first time I was with the dolphin they came to the back of the boat right away. They had headed me off at the pass once again, this time in the middle of the Lakes in very shallow water. I turned Vibe on and off for them and went into gear while talking to them. The last engine, you might remember growled when starting and banged with a loud jolt when going into gear.
The dolphin lifted their heads and looked me in the eye and let me know how much they liked the new Vibe. They stayed behind me for quite awhile, which is their best angle for hearing the music too. Oh, and we have new marine speakers down at the water line in the front as well, so the sound quality is much better. We know they can't help but have that precious smile, but this was so different...they acted so happy! I'm happy too!
Upcoming Retreat
Healing Crystals, Dancing Dolphin Retreats
With Debra Kupchok and Capt. Victoria 
April 8 and 9, 2019

We picnic on a tropical mangrove island with beautiful birds and natural beaches where we explore the world of crystals & gemstones through guided meditations.
Build your own personal Sacred Healing Crystal Mandala with crystals provided for you, (or bring your own), and treasures you collect from the island. This timeless process of creating mandalas allows us to go within and focus on our intentions for healing for ourselves and all beings.
You will have time to journey inward, moving towards personal healing, relaxation, bliss and most certainly a deep sense of well being.
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Captain Turned Author
  The Hugging Stage

What I'm about to tell you happened a long time ago and is no longer legal, but it is a true story.

Once upon a time in the Florida Keys there were no rules or laws about swimming with wild dolphin, so we swam with wild dolphin. This story happened at least 24 years ago, when a fellow captain asked me to teach him to be a Wilderness Guide too.
The rapport had built for 20 years or so with the local dolphin and I, we had developed a trust and respect for each other that made for exceptionally great relating from a mystical perspective. This day, we went out in Tom's boat, so I could introduce the dolphin to him personally from his vessel. After anchoring in their playground, we put out a long float line behind the boat and Tom and I slipped in quietly and lay there communing with the dolphin through our thoughts as we felt the very strong tidal current tugging us away from the boat.

We could hear the dolphins' clicks and squeals as we lay there. If we held our breath we could hear them better, they were all around but a least 50 yards away with some coming closer to check us out. I began telling them about Tom and his wish, in my kind of head-to-head talk, just as the dolphin work with extra sensory perception, ESP, this is known as 'prayer' by me. I wanted them to trust him as they do me.

A recent new mother, Razor, came by with her baby. I named her for the shape of her dorsal fin, a straight edge with frayed marks from the teeth of other loving dolphin, and she had to be at least 7 years old for this to be her first baby. I was present the day she had given birth. Drifting through the area never turning the engine on, just playing quiet lullaby music. This baby was familiar with the music he heard that day when I had just returned from Peru and so I named him Inca. 

Imagine this with me: Razor is 10 feet away with Inca by her side. We are holding the line to not get swept away by the current. She raises her head and so does Inca. I see a picture in my head of me letting go, and in a flash I realize she wants me to trust her. No hesitation, our eyes lock and with a happy shout, I dive. Tom, being the wise captain of already 20 years, climbed back in the boat and pulled up the anchor so the boat can drift with me as I swim with Razor and Inca. Feeling exhilaration as we match each other's moves, we are doing water ballet together. We rise and laugh and everyone in the boat is cheering. Closer and closer she gets until her pectorals are touching me. My mind is exploding with JOY. Inca is loving the show and is inches away too. I am totally accepted. It strikes me that Razor is also teaching her baby to trust me too. I match Razor's moves and we exchange for a good 10
minutes that seemed like an eternity. No fins on, only a mask and snorkel, I knew that I was being gifted as the current is in control....Razor is enjoying this as much as me!  She feels my exhaustion and rises to say goodbye and I wave and say "Let's do this again soon," as she goes on to her next lesson for Inca.
Everyone in the boat saw all of this through the calm, ultra-clear aqua sea that is our playground.

When I got back in the boat everyone was talking at the same time. They all wanted to know why I hadn't hugged her back? I went into my teaching mode, that you know so well and said what I have always said to you. "Never reach out from your body. Wild animals run from things coming at them, also you wouldn't like it if someone came at you on the first date." Tom needed to know this too, for his guiding. However, it had never occurred to me that this wasn't our first date, the dolphin and I. After so many years of interaction, we truly had come to the "HUGGING STAGE" of our relationship. Yet, not reaching out to her with my hands allowed me to reach out to her with my heart instead.

Tom went on to being trusted too. Razor is now around 31 years old and has had 10 babies, with a new one last year that is just precious named Sage for being born in Sagittarius. They have a baby every 3 years if all goes right and Razor is a home-schooling mom, and she keeps her family close together.

The realization that they had downloaded me like an electronic disk, back then a floppy, into their computer brains made me know our inter-species communication was alive and well. I just sat, fully dazed, with the feelings of euphoria from all those endorphins having been released in my brain, by being in true joy for such an extended amount of time with the dolphin. It felt like I was floating on air and took a long time to come down. This is what I call a "rocking chair memory" something to be forever thankful for.  Thankful I am still making them and never want to quit.
Rocking Chair memories are going to be of a different kind now with Captain Erin at the helm, as I continue to pass on this living legacy of fun filled days sitting with all of you. For that, I am so grateful for you in my life. You will hear a bit more things like navigation and seamanship as we go on together. Erin will do the teaching and I will be there to answer questions and guide her to uncover her own ways of connecting to the dolphin we consider family. Seeing my world through her eyes, that of our next generation of captain and guide, is a greatly anticipated joy I am ready for. 
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