Monday, June 5, 2017
This dolphin is another ambassador much like JoJO. Please watch! http://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/fungie-forever-the-amazing-story-of-jeannine-rudi-and-the-dingle-dolphin-35775009.html
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hi All, I'm unfortunately at home in a blizzard instead of in the water with my dolphin friends. Before I left, I didn't have time to publish a near collision on my last day with the dolphins. That day JoJo was in our wake when we saw two other dolphins. They were Bo and Whizzer. When I got in, there was so much noise. They were whistling to each other. The whistles were higher pitched than usual. It was deafening. I knew something was up. Soon Lemon Lips showed up. He is Whizzer's older brother. If you look back in the video from that day you'll see lots of activity. The blog is Big Dolphin meeting. I looked up as I was swimming with Bo and Whizzer and in the distance I saw a dolphin porpoising toward me. Four hundred pounds of muscle hurtling my way!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hi All, Today is the sad day. I have to leave Provo until November. I will miss my dolphin friends so very much. I hope Whizzer will still be with his mom but I think by November he may join up with Lemon Lips or another pod of young males. I hope like Lemon Lips, he'll come by now and again to visit Bo and I'll be there to see him.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Hi All, Weather forecast is awful! Lots of wind, potential rain. At least the kite boarders are happy! As we pull out of Leeward the water looks better than predicted and no black clouds looming. After a pass by the resorts we see a few boats stopped as we go past Coral House. A yellow boat comes by and points toward Leeward. The stopped boats must be with someone. As we approach, JoJo swims over. He wants to go toward Pine Cay so, we oblige. As we pass by Leeward Channel, I see dorsals on the other side of the channel. I know JoJo will branch to join them. I get ready to slip in. Suddenly there seems to be a LOT dorsals! I get in the water and it's so murky I can't see a thing. I'm in front of Little Water Cay where boats fly around the corner coming in and out of Leeward Channel. I hope they can see me! Even with John guarding me, I know I need to pay attention to traffic. The dolphins are whistling loudly. I can make out JoJo, Bo and Whizzer but there's another maybe, Lemon Lips. If they weren't moving so quickly or if the visibility wasn't so bad I could tell! Whizzer and Bo are coming around. Whizzer plays with me. I see a dolphin porpoising toward us at high speed. Yikes, he didn't see me until the last second! Near collision with fast moving torpedo of muscle! I had motioned Kristen to get in but now I'm wondering if it's a good idea! Because the visibility issue, I have to look above the water to see where all the activity is. I assume all the excitement is sexually driven. I have now counted five dolphins, four I know for sure. They are circling, porpoising, tail slapping and rearing up out of the water. It's so confusing sometimes with a mass of 3, 4 or 5 dolphins in a whizzing ball of dolphins! A few boats go ripping by and somehow they don't notice this amazing dolphin show! Bo and Whizzer come up to me. I see a dorsal approaching. Now these three are together and quietly swimming along. This dolphin has a fluke I think I've seen before with Lemon Lips. He or she comes up to look at me. Soon another dolphin arrives. It's Lemon Lips. I think JoJo has left the meeting. I wish I knew exactly what was going on! After frantic intense activity, the dolphins separate and swim very calmly. The visibility is so bad I lose track of them. With storm clouds now approaching and no dolphins in sight we decide to head in.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Hi All, Both ospreys are in their nest as we leave the marina. That I hope is a good sign however the wind is pretty strong as we go out the channel. It's wavy and windy out front. We go up and down past the resorts then out past the reef. The water is fairly rough everywhere. The color by Beaches is a magnificent turquoise as always. We go for a quick snorkel. After another look past the reef there is a big bank of clouds heading our way. John decides to make one more trip to Pine Cay. As we get opposite the Meridian Club, John sees a dorsal! Kristen only spends about ten days a year here and she's thrilled to hopefully get another swim with the dolphins! Bo and Whizzer turn toward Spy Hop. JoJo isn't there so we will see if they'll swim with Kristen without his help. I believe they will because we spent so long with them the other day. Bo also swam beside her for a little bit. ITs murky and the visibility is very bad. They will have to stay near me for me to see them-no problem there! Whizzer is all about playing. I lose sight of them and they come back to find me. The tour boats start seeing the activity. They are looking for something to show the tourists because the weather has curtailed their usual activities. Pretty soon there are about seven boats circling us. Bo goes down and blows a big warning bubble. Does she wish they'd back off? Was she warning whizzer and I to be careful? Some of these captains come so close that when they leave the propellor creates so many bubbles I can't see where the dolphins are. Whizzer spy hops to see where I am. The dolphins, come back and circle me. Whizzer dives deep and brings up some weed on his rostrum. He blows some big bubbles aimed at me! He starts diving deep then racing up toward me then porpoising way out of the water! The boats have now left they missed the last show!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Hi All, The wind is out of the North making it nasty out front. We bounce around then go out the South Side. I had more video from the other day so I included it. You will see my daughter here and there. JoJo stayed behind her unless visiting a tour boat or playing with Whizzer. This is the first time they have let anyone else swim with them. JoJo's trust plays an important part! Notice Whizzer occasionally nursing. Dolphins have the JOY of life!