Jacquelines' best day - Dolphin whispering (screaming)
Tin Can Bay, Queensland
We woke up round 6am excited to get to Barnacles cafe and feed some Dolphins, as you do.
Well, basically in the 1950s' a dolphin was injured and came to this cove by Barnacles cafe where the locals cared for her until she was well enough to leave. Since then, 4 generations of her family have come back every morning to be fed and interact with visitors before they swim off to get on with their day out in the big blue.
We stand in a really small queue, paying a measly $5 entrance fee plus $5 for a bucket of fish each and it is all beginning to feel so real - Jacqueline is so excited it's a bit embarrassing, given the only people who seem to be on a par with her are the little kids.
We're in luck today as they already have 3 dolphins in shore when we walk through. Jacq is super excited and jumps right in up to her knees watching the humpback dolphins swim past. Feeding time isn't until 8am so for an hour the dolphins swim around us, one comes up to Jacq and nudges her hand with its nose - you're supposed to keep quiet, but at this stage, Jacq is gone beyond composure. She literally says "hello" and the dolphin only responds to her with an "eeeee", imagine a happy dance in water that has an electric field - that is Jacq right now - but there is not electric field.
At 8am we have 4 dolphins in total, Jacq feeds a dolphin with fish - big goofy smile on her face as Matt captures it all on camera. It's amazing!!
Did we say - IT IS AMAZING?!?!?!?
We head off afterwards, reluctantly, to make our way to Brisbane - stopping at Maryborough to see the Mary Poppins statue as the author is from there, and checking out a couple of charity shops for Jacq (not great think she'll wait for America).
We park up at Newmarket campsite and meet some lovely Scottish nationals parked next to us - so as we are on the biggest buzz ever, we endure the partaking of some social sips.