As a child, I once watched a movie about a boy who, while standing on a pier staring into the ocean, fell into the ocean and found a new home. Water has been my second home for half a century. But in the sea, one very special family had never visited me until just after the start of the New Year. While free diving in the Maldives, a pod of dolphins swam by to say hello. Their visit was brief as we silently swam together parallel to the coral reef. Diving up and down side-by-side, I looked into the eye of the alpha dolphin and I believe he said, ‘hi’. And just like that, it was, ‘bye’. And they were off to play in the wake of a passing boat. But I had my visitation. Blessed and grateful I am for being hand to fin with such majestic creatures.Text by Gregory Burns, Photographs by Angie Tan Burns, All Rights Reserved.