First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin

It’s not easy to photograph an animal underwater, from the shore. Most all the images I capture are a dorsal fin sticking out of the water. Hardly exciting, unless you are there.

You don’t typically see much of Dolphins feeding, or even stranding, until the last few seconds. However a lot happens up to that point.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge
First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The first clue is the huge exhale, breathing through their blow hole. In this place it is loud, and close. Dolphins first swim close, along the shore looking up to be sure there is no danger on the sand where the fish will be stranded.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge
First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin – click to enlarge

They also move as a group. Above there are 2 in this soft light swimming just feet off shore.

First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin - click to enlarge
First Sighting Of The Day, Dolphin – click to enlarge

In the last image there is a little more happening. The dorsal fin close to me shows a Dolphin slowly gliding by. The back fin is not the same. Compare that fin to all the photographs in this article.

Several of us noticed sharks following the schools. Most likely this was a shark moving along with the Dolphins.

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