On Thursday, we departed the dock early for an extended snorkel stop at “The Bimini Road.” We had some rain to contend with, but soon we were under sunny skies in search of dolphins. We did not have to wait long and were soon observing a group of 15 Atlantic spotted dolphins, including Buster (#04), White Blotch (#29 – and 6 year old calf #94?), Trudy (#57), Tim (#69), Speedy (#78) and un-named #75 .These dolphins began to show less and less interest in us, so we went in search of others. What seemed like moments later, there were more! This time, we were able to watch four bottlenose dolphins both from the boat and in the water. After observing this group (including one youngster) for over 40 minutes we again opted to look for even more dolphins. Although we would have been thrilled with all the dolphins thus far, we were lucky enough to see – that’s right – even more dolphins! This time, there were two groups of Atlantic spotted dolphins, each with eight individuals. We observed some individuals under water and by the time the observation ended, we had seen Juliette (#12 – with her calf, #93), Tina (#14), Split Jaw (#22), Swoosh (#36 – pictured here – and possibly her male calf), Prince William (#64), Nemo (#76), Leslie (#80), Lone Star (#56), and possibly Cleopatra (#41) and Niecey (#48). It was a fantastic day!
Until next time,