Quick question--- Dolphins in the dune lake????

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  1. Geo

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    I have seen an alligator surfing (yes) in the Gulf. An insanely large bear eating from my trash can in my driveway. A Bobcat prance in front of me like a show pony in the middle of the road in GB state park. A big fat bull shark swim slowly 3 feet from shore with tourists all around...

    But I am wondering, has anyone seen a dolphin swim in the outfall of Western Lake when it is open into the gulf?

    If so, pls share... If not then is it possible?

    Could a dolphin swim into the lake (like where we park our 4x4's and our kids play and we ride YOLO Boards right near the gulf)?

    Thx!!!!!
     
  2. Teresa

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    Great question. I've seen sea turtles in the lake but not a dolphin.

    We have dolphin and their babies swim in the bayou in spring along with gators.

    I wonder if they know not to enter the lake, they could be trapped. The pass is rarely deep enough, I would think.
     
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    There was a bull shark in Western Lake years ago, so I guess it is possible for dolphin.
     
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    I'm not aware of it ever happening, but it certainly is possible. I've seen dolphin far upstream in Lagrange and Mallett Bayous (much closer to Freeport than to the Gulf) so frequently it's not even interesting anymore. They have little problem with brackish water. If, hypothetically, one were to swim into a lake and the outfall closed before it got out, that could be a problem, though. Depending on the size of the lake, how long the outfall remained closed and miscellaneous environmental conditions such as rainfall, pollution, temperature, food supply, etc. the dolphin could easily find itself in distress.
     
  5. Geo

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    So based on what ya'll have said so far then is there anyone that would dispute this statement---


    It is unlikely/rare but it is possible that dolphins could swim into the outfall of Western Lake if/when it is open and the water is deep enough...

    Thoughts?

    thanks!!!!
     
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  7. SlowMovin

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    Geo--I'd say your statement is probably true.
     
  8. Lake View Too

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    My thoughts are that you would have to have average depth data of the Western Lake outflow and do an analysis combining this data with the average size of a dolphin, taking into account the speed and strength of the dolphin versus speed and strength of the outflow current and it's relationship to the constantly diminishing depth of the outflow. After that, you could just guess...
     
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  10. Teresa

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    who wants to know?
     
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  12. Matt J

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    I'd doubt it as the outflow is usually the deepest part of the opening and Dolphins don't generally fight strong currents. If it were to be open with deep water that was moving with the tide then definitely.
     
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    The dolphin is a type of fish too, so I say maybe.
     
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    When I was a wee kid, I do remember porpoises in Lake Powell. You could view them from a dock on the left side of 98 just after crossing over Phillip's Inlet. The funny thing is that almost every time I drive over the bridge I still look to the left trying to see if there are any remnants of where we stopped to look.
     
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    Sounds like you have a real sense of porpoise.
     

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