Saturday, July 23, 2011

Salt Water Saturday: Impromptu Dolphin Cruise

Happy Salt Water Saturday! 


When you go out into a boat in the Gulf of Mexico - you just never know what will happen. If you're fishing - obviously you know what you are trying to catch (such as red snapper or grouper) but you might hook up a shark or another species. The weather might be perfect when you leave the dock, and next thing you know you can't see your hand in front of your face and lightning is popping all over the place. (Been there, done that). You might encounter a giant sea turtle that comes up for air and disappears so quickly you can't get a picture. Heck - you might even see a water spout (or two - one on each side of the boat). I've been lucky enough to see and encounter all of these things while boating and fishing off the Gulf Coast.


A few weeks ago, we went out for a quick and easy fishing trip. We only went five to ten miles offshore - well within site of land - and didn't have a long day. For a while, we fished behind a shrimp boat. All of a sudden - dolphin appeared everywhere. And I mean all around the boat - to the left, to the right, off the bow and even behind us. It was absolutely amazing. They are such gorgeous and intelligent creatures. We get used to seeing them often in the Gulf, and somewhat take it for granted that we'll always see dolphin around here. We were very concerned for the health and well being of the species after the BP oil spill last year - but it appears everyone's favorite mammal is thriving. For that, we are thankful. 


Thought I'd share the photos with you - enjoy! 












What types of experiences have you had on the water? Any dolphin shows? :-) 


Have a Wonderful Weekend! 


p.s. Doesn't it just figure that this occurs when the only camera I have with me on the boat is the worst camera I own??? it certainly doesn't take the best pictures so please accept my apologies for the poor photo quality! 

5 comments:

  1. Dolphins are my absolute favorite animals! Last time we were at my grandma's vacation house we saw a few on venice beach and siesta key beach. But what I would really like to do is swim with them somewhere!

    Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

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  2. Love your shots! I totally know the feeling. I am in need of a new camera. Looks like so much fun!

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  4. Love the dolphins! We go to the Georgia coast quite often and it is always a treat to see them.

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