Georgia J was anchored for two weeks Boca de Iguanas in beautiful Tennacutita (“TEN NA CU TEA TA”)
1. Meeting “Chips”
“Chips” the dolphin knows hard luck. He lost a
big chunk of fin- probably from swimming with sharks or surfing too close to some power boater. Chips and
his mate hang out in Tennacutita anchorage. We first heard of Chips when a neighbor said two dolphins were
swimming up and down his anchor chain scratching their backs.
I met Chips on two occasions when I struggled alone with the dingy in the beach surf.
After the surf knocked me down repeatedly and filled the dingy with water, I was able to start the engine and push
over the breaking waves. Chips and his mate met me both times in about five feet of water and repeatedly
swam by the dingy. I had an eerie feeling that they were looking out for my safety.
2. Visit from Bob and Pam
Bob and Pam stayed a week in Tennacutita. The luxury of having good
friends with an automobile and real hotel shower was unbeatable.
Water and food were
only available via a three hour dingy trip up a jungle river. After crossing the river bar (just like Bogart
in the African Queen), we made our way through the mangrove swamp to the Village of Tennacutita where water, groceries, palapa
restaurants, and cold beer awaited.
Crystal clear water with lots of pretty
John and Sharon Warren have finally caught
up. They have already provided fresh Mahi Mahi, America steaks, California wine, Mexican lobster, water
from their water maker and great company. Oh yea, they also loaned us a new digital camera to replace the one ruined
in the surf (see #1 above).
Almost every day, some one announced on the radio that one or more whales had
entered the anchorage. One day, John Warren saw a whale surface right next to Georgia J while I stood in the dingy trying
to start a stubborn outboard engine. I never even saw him.
Early one morning, I heard a sound in the boat which I recognized, but could not place.
Each time I went on deck the sound disappeared. Then I remembered the sound of the humpback whale.
I went to my trusty iPod and listened to my humpback whale CD to confirm what I was hearing. Sharon
and I listened to them for over an hour. I found that when I put my ear to the hull of the boat I could
often hear them sing at night from our bunk.
was afraid the whales might sink the boat. Although something clearly bumped the bottom of the boat one
day, it was probably the accident prone Mr. Chips. Click here to hear humpback whales singing! Click here for stories of dolphins helping humans.