Dolphin watching in Butuan Bay

By Saberra Cruz

Today’s outdoor enthusiasts of Agusan del Norte have fun during dolphin-watching cruise in the waters of Butuan Bay and they post it on Facebook. Anyone seeing it would surely envy and wish they could do the same.

Lucky for me and my generation, we have had our time. Several times, we rented a fisherman’s boat sailing even all the way to Camiguin Island and got to encounter dolphins’ swimming or trailing behind us. It was one magical moment for us.

Several times too, decades ago, I took a passenger vessel to Jagna, Bohol from Nasipit town, Agusan del Norte on Sunday afternoons and every time dolphins swim along or trailed us. The passengers get ecstatic for a few minutes seeing them in pairs and their backs hopped in and out. People in one side of the ship could not help cheer at them

This was two hours after the boat docked out of Nasipit harbor where Camiguin is visible in the far distance. Nasipit to Jagna takes about four hours at the most, and usually arrives at past 6 0’clock. As in airplanes, the boat always arrive late. Part of the thrill, so they say if you are first-timer.

I remember our sailing trips from Cabadbaran to Surigao City to Limasawa Island with occasional “friendly dolphin escorts.” Our trips from Butuan to Surigao to Dinagat Islands and even to Homonhon Island in Surigao Strait were also occasionally escorted by a few dolphins and they vanished quickly, unlike we encountered in Butuan Bay.

I remember a time we sailed from Tacloban City to Homonhon and Dinagat and not seeing friendly escorts and and wishing they show up, and they did, in one instant!

“They must have heard your wish,” a friend told me and laughed.

Sad, we do not have gadgets yet at that time to show the evidence and make everybody envious of the thrill, and the privilege of such encounters. But I always have them in my memories. And we’re not talking yet of whale shark sightings between Bohol and Misamis Oriental.

Photo courtesy of Scuba Caraga

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