Where are All the Dolphins?

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  1. lenzoe

    lenzoe Beach Fanatic

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    Before Ivan I'd see pods of dolphins passing by usually at least once a day, some times twice. Since Ivan I haven't seen a single dolphin and I've been down there four or five times. I liked to try catching up to them in my kayak.

    Does anyone know what happened to them, or whether they've made a reappearance yet? Kayaking isn't the same.
     
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    Wow, how close could you get? :cool:
     
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    Just give them a few weeks when the pompano come around.
     
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    Several times I'd get within one paddle's length. A couple of times when the light was right you could see them swimming under the kayak and surfacing on the other side. Close enough to hear them spouting. When there are several around you doing it it's very cool.
     
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    Thanks. That's good to know. We'll be down for spring break in a few of weeks, and I hope they've made it back by then.
     
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    Wow, sounds very cool :cool:
     
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    If you think being at the Beach is cool, just wait until you've been surrounded by a pod of dolphins. It is not too difficult to find yourself 8 ft away from them while on your kayak. It is a spiritual experience, and will make you forget about everything back on land.
     
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    That, I could use :cool:
     
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    That's probably the best way to describe it. The first time it happened it was accidental. I just happened to be paddling around and they swam right across my path. I got so excited my hands were shaking.

    When I was a kid I watched Flipper and wished I had my own pet dolphin, but getting near wild dolphins is almost as good as I imagined that would have been.

    But are dolphins seasonal? I was sure I'd seen them in the Winter and early Spring other years. I'm still wondering if Ivan changed their migration pattern.
     
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    I doubt Ivan changed their patterns at this point in time. The water is still cool, but they're out there - following the food.
     
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    They were out this weekend - I saw several groups. First time I'd seen them in a while though.
     
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    They're back! There were big groups of them swimming back and forth along Seagrove Beach most of the morning last Saturday. The water was calm enough so you could easily spot them.
     
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    I can't wait to get back to the beach :D
     
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    ...and as important, the Pompano will be here shortly.
     

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