BIM11_T82_sunsetOn Sunday, we headed in search of dolphins and although the seas were a bit choppy, we were sure the enthusiasm of our mother/son passengers would bring a great day of dolphins. Unfortunately, we were all left a bit disappointed!

Monday’s trip began with a snorkel stop at “The Bimini Road” (aka “Atlantis”). Soon, we were in search of dolphins – and we searched, and searched, and searched. Thankfully, spirits remained high and we saw them at the last moment (which is beginning to seem like a theme!). There were over a dozen dolphins, including Romeo (#10), Tina (#14 – still looking pregnant), Split Jaw (#22), Lil’ Jess (#35) – with calf, Trudy (#57), Tim (#69), Leslie (#80) – with calf, Stefran (#82) and Addie (#84). Split Jaw was busy chasing Addie all about and the calves were quite inquisitive. There was an unknown mother/calf pair that hung around quite a bit at the end, checking us out and rubbing in the sand. Hopefully I will be able to ID the mom once I review the video! Thank you Sea Crest!

We are also keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irene which is forecasted to impact us mid- to late-week. We’re hoping for one more afternoon on the water before hunkering down and staying safe!

Until next time,
Kel

Thursday began with the second morning trip of the week. I joined the small group with high hopes of another morning success. Unfortunately, we searched, and searched…and searched, but found no dolphins. After a quick lunch, a squall came through and delayed our afternoon departure. Luckily we were able to head out shortly after 16:00. It was the 7th trip in five days, so although I was a little tired, I was still eager for dolphins. It was a lot of searching that ended in an 11th hour sighting. With sunset looming, we all geared up at the back of the boat immediately, so I wasn’t able to get a proper count or any IDs (although either Lone Star, #56, or Tilly, #87, was there). In the water, I saw the dolphins in the distance, but they were on the move and we were all left wondering where they were going…

Until next time,
Kel

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