We departed the dock around 1400 again on Monday. The wind had picked up, but we were confident (as always) that we would see dolphins. At first, theBIM11_T19_Ttheadout winds were a bit too much for us, so we headed closer to shore for some snorkel time at “The Bimini Road.” There were plenty of fish along the rock formations for guests to see.

We had our hand at “the dolphin grounds” once again and although things were breezy and bumpy, we were lucky enough to see a group of bottlenose dolphins! Often in this area the bottlenose dolphins surface once near the boat and then are not seen again. But today, we got to watch this group for some time – they were even spyhopping and half-breaches. It was so cool! I was also able to collect quite a few dorsal fin photographs. These will be sorted as we look for matches to DCP's bottlenose photo-identification catalog. We'll see if they all match or if some are previously unidentified individuals.

Thanks to Bimini Undersea and their guests for another great day,
Kel

BIM11_T18_TtI headed out Sunday with Bimini Undersea and their passengers – it was great meeting you! After a snorkel stop at “3 Sisters,” we were busy searching for dolphins. The white caps made it slightly challenging, but sure enough, we saw our spotted – and bottlenose, pictured here – friends. This group was not very interested in us, but soon we were with nearly 15 Atlantic spotted dolphins. They were surfing and playing and gave us the chance to see them close-up under water. Included in this group were Lil’ Jess (#35) and Leslie (#80), each with their calves, and Tilly (#87) and un-named #43. Hopefully I’ll be able to identify even more individuals once I review the video.  We had a lovely ride back to shore and are looking forward to more trips this week.

Until next time,
Kel

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