BIM11_T67_juvSfWednesday began with a DCP talk to the Sea Crest passengers. They asked wonderful and insightful questions and we really enjoyed our time with them: thank you! In the afternoon we headed out for our dolphin trips and yet again, DCP was split between two trips. Kel headed out early at 13:21 and guests enjoyed a snorkel at “3 Sisters” rocks. From there we went in search of dolphins and we didn’t need to search for long! We came upon a group of six bottlenose at 15:35 and got two dolphin swims, one long and one short. Then, almost as soon as we left the bottlenose, we found a group of spotteds! At first there were only a handful of dolphins, and then the group size grew to nine and, at one point, 12 dolphins. The dolphins included Swoosh (#36), Tim (#69), Addie (#84), un-named #43, #75 and #93, and possibly Lil Jess (#35) and Niecey (#48). During the first of two swims with the spotted dolphins, the mixed age group was busy playing with a filefish. The poor thing didn’t seem too happy about it! Late in the day we saw another group of four bottlenose dolphins (it might have been some of the same individuals as earlier in the day, but photo-ID will confirm that). The bottlenose didn’t seem too interested in the boat so we continued on our way home.

Alexis and Sabena also had a successful day! We headed out at 15:36 and found our first group at 16:35, which was composed of one bottlenose and three spotteds, including Lone Star (#56) and 2 calves! (Wonder who she was babysitting for….) We found a second group of 5-7 spotteds at 17:54, including Lone star (#56) once again, but we lost sight of the group pretty quickly. We soon found a group that varied from two to eight spotteds, including possibly Romeo (#10). After we jumped in with them and had a nice encounter, the dolphins swam away. We found the same group of eight again at 18:43 and by the time we got in the water we had between 15-20 dolphins swimming under us! We enjoyed one last quick swim with the dolphins and then started heading to shore at 19:15. Hopefully tomorrow will be as exciting as today!

Until then,
Alexis, Sabena & Kel

Tuesday began with a talk to Bimini Undersea’s guests. What a wonderful group of people! Thank you for your interest in DCP and Bimini’s dolphins. The dolphin trips were yet again double duty with the DCP team split into two groups. Sabena and Alexis left the dock first at 15:09. There were many sightings of flying fish throughout the dolphin trip! The afternoon continued into the evening as we headed back with the realization that we probably would not have any dolphin sightings. However, at 19:25 a passenger spotted a group of six bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Sabena quickly geared up and entered the water to gather still photos of the dolphins. However, the bottlenose were not interested in us and continued on their way. The encounter was short but we were ecstatic just to have a sighting! The sighting was a great way to end the trip at sunset.

Kel headed out at 15:44. Although Kel’s trip did not see any dolphins, the passengers were able to snorkel at “3 Sisters” and cool off during a swim break.  They too saw lots of flying fish and something large splashing around in the deep water! Despite the lack of dolphin sightings, it was an enjoyable day out on a calm sea with a great group of passengers. Thank you!

Until next time,
Sabena, Alexis & Kel

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