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Casting their mum's ashes on the water

A few weeks ago I was asked to sprinkle someone's ashes out at sea off Lyme Regis. There were five in the party and it seemed to be a celebration of the lady's life rather than an upsetting final goodbye which does happen at times on my boat. They explained that their mum dearly loved Lyme and had always told her children that was where she wanted to end her days with her ashes cast to the deep.

Risso dolphinWe set out on a fine morning and after steaming about a mile off shore, I stopped the boat and the ceremony they had planned began. Suddenly a very large dolphin with a lot of white on it jumped almost out of the water, very similar to the one in the picture. It was close to the boat and we all gazed at the eddies it left in utter amazement. The two daughters definitely felt it was a message from their mum! The beautiful beast disappeared and the ceremony carried on.

When the final flowers were thrown overboard and the service was complete the dolphin was spotted 200 yards away, still just the one so we set off in the general direction and it came quite near the boat. I had never seen a dolphin quite like this one and discovered later that it was a Risso’s dolphin and they particularly love cuttlefish. At that time there were hundreds being caught in the area. He was there to join in the feast.

Of course, you don't need to be scattering a family member's ashes to enjoy a Lyme Regis mackerel fishing or Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trip with Harry May Boat Trips.


Published on 19/06/2018.

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