Buster (the Bajanese) loves to SUP with me, and our morning paddles are a great solace for both of us. Paddling up the coast we have been gifted with turtles, dancing rays, leaping fish, skimming pelicans, diving terns & osprey. The light on the water some mornings, a reason to pause in honor of the stunning beauty of the Sea of Cortez nestled against the small city of Loreto.
Yesterday, Buster was in rare form. He stood tirelessly on the ‘bow’ of my SUP board searching for anything that moved. When we both spied the small fish (already in it’s last gasp) he was unstoppable. He lept off the board and could not be cajoled back. Each time he reached to catch it in his mouth, the fish would swivel and turn – both spooking him and enticing him on. But he was close. Oh so close ….
This was ‘his’ fish, and I was not to spoil the moment. I tried paddling away. He didn’t seem to care. I yelled at him to get back on the board (we did have a flight to catch). Finally, I had to yank his sweet wet hairy body from the water and keep his head turned away from the fish.
Yes, we left the fish in our wake. And yes, the little hunter had his day. And yes, we made our flight, sadly leaving Loreto – so we could once again return.