For World Oceans Day I wanted to do some blog posts on the oceans I have stepped a toe in, starting with the Atlantic.
Being in the UK means one of the oceans I am most likely to encounter on my travels is the Atlantic. Whether it’s the icy choppy waters between Southampton and New York whilst on board a luxury ocean liner, or the leaping dolphins of the Canary Islands, the Atlantic is vast and full of excitement and beauty.
The Queen Mary 2 is one of the most majestic ways to observe the surface of the Atlantic. Gliding through the water, steaming towards New York, you really become aware of how seemingly infinite the ocean is. With sea as far as you can see, your own insignificance becomes very apparent! If you’re lucky you’ll spot a dolphin, maybe even a whale in the distance. Above the sea, all seems quiet, with the occasional crashing of waves – but underneath an entire ecosystem is hard at work, being disturbed by the enormous ship traversing across it.
Off the coast of Tenerife, bouncing through the Atlantic waves are seemingly endless pods of dolphins. Their perky dorsal fins poking up above the surface of the water, as the play in the spray of the boats that surround them. If you’re lucky, as we were, you’ll be the only boat bobbing around, and the dolphins will be more than happy to put on a show. It’s easy to forget they are intelligent predators as they seem more like toddlers with tails as they frolic and tease each other. The dolphins make their presence known, but underneath the surface there is a whole world just waiting to be discovered. It’s important to preserve the habitats and food chains of the oceans.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, surfing off the coast of Cornwall is a great way to get a toe in the Atlantic. There are plenty of surfing schools and ways to hire the equipment, and it’s a brilliant way to get fit, enjoy the ocean and use the power of the waves to your advantage!