Friday, August 28, 2009

A surprise greeting!


What a surprise to look over and see a pod of dolphin parallel to me this morning. They were having a wonderful time body-surfing in the Gulf of Mexico.


They came in very close to shore and there were several of them.


I was so excited that I started squealing like a five year old...


Which may have been what made one curious enough to swim even closer.


Look! It's Flipper! And he's smiling at me!

5 comments:

BaysideLife said...

Amazing capture. Looks like he/she is smiling at you.

Kathryn said...

Oh God, I LOVE THIS! Wow. I have only seen them when they are way out in the water; I have seen them breach though and it's funny, everyone who sees them claps!

Sharon said...

I love the last two images!!!

Kathryn said...

DJ, what time of the morning was it when the dolphins appeared? (and shark?)

Barrier Island Girl said...

Kathryn, when I saw them this morning they were about a mile and a half east of the entrance to the Santa Rosa area Gulf Islands National Seashore and they were heading west. It was about 7:00 a.m. because I had already been to the edge of Navarre Beach and was within a couple miles of the opposite (west) end of my patrol

I see dolphin occasionally on my Ft. Pickens patrols too, but this is the first time I've seen them so close and so playful - bodysurfing and breaching the water frequently.

DJ