We got dolphins here!
The summertime waters around Cedar Key are loaded with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. They come here for the same reasons humans do, ... to fish, play, and chase a little romance.
During the week long summer Marine Science Camp for the kids from New York, dolphins graced us with their presence over and over again.
I'm pretty sure the rhythmic throb of the UF research vessel's diesel sounds like a recess bell to these rascals.
When they hear it, they know it is time to PLAY!
The university trawler is big and she kicks up a pretty wake in the shallow waters around Seahorse Key. This very surfable wave is apparently irresistible to the local delphinidae crew who first appear in the wake working their way up closer and closer to the boat.
... and then suddenly they are there ... just a few feet a way, surging up and leaping out of the water ... close enough to splash your camera lens.
... but I think the dolphin was having a great time too.
|All work and no play makes for a dullphin.|
If you aren't smiling right now after photos of dolphins playing, you should check your pulse for signs of life.