Friday, January 26, 2018
Hi All, It is supposed to be a great day; a perfect day to go out over the reef and look for whales. We go out Seller's Cut and drop the hydrophone in the water but don't hear anything. After looking for dolphins on the way to Pine Cay, we go out across the reef again. The wind is picking up unfortunately but we venture out anyway. This time when dropping in the hydrophone, we hear lots of, as I call it, "whale chatting". They seem to be in constant communication with each other. This is different than when the males sing. Their songs are more than likely to impress females. All the whales in this ocean sing the same song. Each year they change it a little and all of them know the changes! We didn't see any whales but we know they are here! We come back inside the reef and find JoJo, Snipper and Julia. They are all happy to let me swim with them. I think Snipper is over my playing with his toys! There have been times when I unknowingly have annoyed one of the dolphins. They have let me know they were displeased but they don't hold a grudge. I have learned that they don't want me taking a fish (not that I meant to!)They are fine with me watching them play with marine toys but dont want me to touch their toys! I have had the priveledge to observe so much dolphin behavior and I am so grateful. The same tour boat that always messes things up came by and dropped a bevy of females all screaming and jumping into the water. The dolphins scattered. Snipper and Julia let me stay with them as they hurried off on the other side of our boat. Even JoJo hurried away. If someone wishes to get in the water, a little respect would be appreciated! We went from Leeward to Seven Stars and I got to swim with them most of the way. Many yellow tour boats came by to take a look as we traveled along. They are always very respectful of the dolphins. Occasionally I hear "she's the dolphin trainer"! Let me get this straight! I'm not their trainer. Nor do I feed them or touch them. They are my friends and I love them. They seem to like me too! I am so lucky that I have been accepted into the dolphin community. JoJo and I have been swimming together for 20 years. I do consider him to be a best friend. He has come to my rescue a few times. Many years ago a dolphin was threatening me and JoJo appeared from no where and swam very close under me toward the dolphin. The other dolphin left. There is no doubt in my mind that JoJo told him I was his friend and leave me alone! Today I did a deep (for me) free dive and stayed a little too long. As I swam to the surface gasping JoJo came right up to me. I think he was concerned. Unfortunately, my brand new camera malfunctioned (broke) so the really great footage I thought I was taking of all three dolphins in crystal clear water, didn't come out. I did put a video in from the other day of JoJo (the most handsome dolphin!) who is looking at me then following me which is tricky to film! Later in the evening we met our good friends from home for dinner at Hemmingway's for dinner. Hemmingway's is the restaurant that has bell they ring if you see JoJo! We had a great meal and danced to Quentin Dean, my favorite musician. The really cool part about dinner was a yellow crowned night heron that perched very close to our table and stayed there all night! Apparently he comes every night! That is reason enough to go there for dinner and sit out on the deck!
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Hi All, Our day started out well, finding all three dolphins coming toward us as we approached Leeward. I swam with everyone. Snipper seemed particularily friendly. I think he's warming up to me. Another boat came along and put swimmers in which as usual changed how they were acting. They headed away. JoJo in particular was really fed up with one persistant swimmer and pumped his tail to make a fast get away! Later, after they came back together, John thought he saw one with a plastic bag in his mouth. I thought I'd better get in quick in case one of them was trying to eat it. As I got in JoJo came up to me and we watched as Snipper was at the bottom with a plastic bag in his mouth. He was playing with it! Draping it over his pec the usual dolphin games! He brought it up by me and I committed the dolphin game faux pas of picking it up. Now I have learned that when the dolphins play games with marine toys they are happy to have me watch however they don't want me to take the toy and play with them. It has been driven home that plastic bags can choke and kill marine animals and I wanted to take it away! They however are way smarter and weren't planning on eating it only playing with it! Apparently this bothered Snipper who gave me the cold shoulder for the rest of the day! I will continue taking all trash out of the water but not if the dolphins are playing with it!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Hi all, First I have added a page of dolphin behavior which I hope will be informative and interesting for you. You get there by clicking the new button on the home page of my website. Yesterday once the water was clear and the new dolphin turned over so I could see this is what I saw!
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Hi All, Today makes up for all the rainy cold days! We head out of Leeward and I ask John to step on it. We are off to Seven Stars to pick up Tricia a friend from home. The last thing I want to happen is to find JoJo before we pick her up because he might not be heading her way! She has met JoJo before and is really hoping to see him again today. Tricia is waiting on the beach, we stop and she gets in. We make our circle past Beaches and as we are heading back by Club Med I see a single dorsal. JoJo comes to the boat then branches off toward Ocean Club then back to Spy Hop. I get in and he follows me all the way to Coral House. John and Trish are yelling something to me and I figure another dolphin has shown up. This dolphin acts just like Whizzer. It is really murky and I think it is Whizzer except he isn't interacting with JoJo. Usually they are stroking each other and staying quite close to one another. In any case whoever it is seems to like me. Like Whizzer he flys around me in circles then porpoises out of the water. JoJo comes to check, I think to make sure things arent getting to out of control. I get in the boat, John takes off with the dolphin riding the bow wave and JoJo in the wake! As we get close to Leeward, I get in again. I am having lots of exciting interaction with this dolphin. I get a closer look and think - hmmm looks like female anatomy! There is also a blemish on the left side under the dorsal. Who is this? Now a bunch of tour boats are coming over. JoJo goes over to entertain one of them and this dolphin keeps playing with me.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Hi All, After listening to the Patriots game in Foxboro where it was 6 degrees, we are so happy to be back on island looking for dorsals in the gorgeous tourquiose water. Don't think for a moment I take it for granted! My brother is on board. He is joining us for a week to get out of the cold. My brother actually named Lemon Lips. He was in our last boat, Catch Ride about 7 years ago when JoJo introduced me to Bo and her then young calf Lemon Lips. I told Bill he had really Yellow Lips and I was starting to call him Yellow Lips when Billy suggested Lemon Lips and it stuck. He is Whizzer's older brother. We have eaten lunch and are motoring around Pine Cay when I see three dorsals. It is very murky making for difficult footage. They seem happy to have me join them but there isn't much interaction. They are on the move. The dolphins seem to like having our boat accompany them as they moved slowly down the coast toward Leeward. I get in and swim with them off and on as they make their way. They check out a few boats but always come back to Spy Hop.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Hi All, I was supposed to be home for a short time to take care of business. I however got the flu and had to stay an extra week! I just returned to the island this afternoon. We were able to get off the plane head to the marina and go looking for dolphins. It was getting late in the afternoon when I saw a dorsal aim right for our boat then disappear. We found Whizzer and Snipper fishing at the far end of Pine Cay. Neither of them seemed one bit interested in swimming with me! I'm quite sure one of the dolphins was Whizzer because he caught a fish and tossed it over his head before eating it. This is one of Whizzer's games. It seemed Whizzer was coming toward the boat so I got in. He stayed in one place long enough for me to swim to him but then dove down and chased another fish! I find it interesting that Bo and Whizzer seem to like Snipper's company. I'm eager to see who's with who tomorrow!