Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Cedar Key Dolphinicity

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.
On this trip the dolphins were doing great rolling leaps, turning in mid air and flashing their bellies.

Sideways entry!

Pure joy...
...Mine actually.
... but I think the dolphin was having a great time too.

All work and no play makes for a dullphin.

Smile check!
If you aren't smiling right now after photos of dolphins playing, you should check your pulse for signs of life.


Caroline said...

Jealous, jealous, jealous! Just look at that smile :o)

tai haku said...

lucky lucky kids. wonderful stuff.

robin andrea said...

That is truly stunning. Wow wow wow!

Joan Taylor said...

Fantastic!! Your shots are great and I always look forward to your posts. Thanks for taking the time.

threecollie said...

Happy, happy, joy, beautiful! And thanks! Did you see what we named Bama Breeze's new baby?

Anonymous said...

Oh how beautiful! I do so love dolphins. Superb photographs. Thanks for sharing!

Sayre said...

I haven't been down to the coast in so long... I miss the dolphins! Thanks for sharing yours with us.

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures. Takes me back to an earth watch expedition I did a long time ago. Dolphins rick Lori in Marietta Ohio

edifice rex said...

That is so awesome! Great photos.

Ericka said...

very very cool.

as an aside, google+ totally outed your real name to me tonight in the "people i may know" section, which kind of weirds me out a little.

Floridacracker said...

Caroline, you should have seen mine!

Tai, we were all feeling pretty lucky at that moment!

Robin, tres, tres wow!

Joan, thank you! So glad you enjoy PF.

3C, No I didn't see that! I will scroll back through Northview !

Mommadness, i do too.

Sayre, you're welcome!

Anon, must tootle earth watch!

Annie, it was all that and it was repeated on a couple of days.

Ericka, I actually have my real name on the PF home page at the Facebook badge.

threecollie said...

I'll save you the scrolling. She sure is a cute little girl.

Aunty Belle said...

Am laughing like a Little kiddie at these outstanding photos!! Lucky NY kids.

FC, I think youse Gavin' the most fun of any grown up I know....bein' around the youngsters, seeing their wonder means ya don't lose yores.

Always fun to visit PFHQ

Lynn said...

fantastic shots!!! Yes happiness abounds for both you and the dolphins.

Linda said...

How wonderful!!! Awesome captures!

Mark P said...

That is so cool!