Category Archives: Dolphin

Eye Contact, Dolphin

He slowly moved past me, checking the shore in case of chasing fish here. This is common and I have wondered what they are thinking when we look right at each other.

Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge

Just as amazing is to watch a 1,400 lbs (635 kg) Dolphin gently slip under water and how they move it like it was solid matter.

Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Eye Contact, Dolphin – click to enlarge

When finally under there are nothing but small ripples. This is why it is so hard to see a Dolphin and figure where they might rise up again.

Checking On Me, Dolphin

When photographing Dolphin feeding along the shore at some point you become the center of interest. The Dolphin watch you just the same as you do them.

Checking On Me, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Checking On Me, Dolphin – click to enlarge

I was so intent on getting focus of the Dolphins eye it occurred to me too late, her calf was swimming by her side. Only the young ones dorsal fin was on the surface.

Checking On Me, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Checking On Me, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The adult swam by close but apparently the schools of fish had gone out deeper.

Checking On Me, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Checking On Me, Dolphin – click to enlarge

Catching A Fish Along The Shoreline, Dolphin

This Dolphin was taking advantage of new shallows in the shoreline.

Catching A Fish Along The Shoreline, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Catching A Fish Along The Shoreline, Dolphin – click to enlarge

While this Dolphin Pod is still pushing, or stranding, fish on shore they are also running them right along the surf.

Loud and furious for a moment as the big Dolphin plow through the surf.

Dolphin Fishing On Shore

Storms have changed the shore line here and these Dolphin just came up with a new way to hunt. Instead of pushing the fish right on the beach they will herd them along side the shallows and chase right behind them.

Dolphin Fishing On Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Fishing On Shore – click to enlarge

The first step is to scare them into moving.

Dolphin Fishing On Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Fishing On Shore – click to enlarge

When you see the water move, like above, for no particular reason something is happening below the surface.

Dolphin Fishing On Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Fishing On Shore – click to enlarge

Next that disturbance, or wave quickly moves towards the shoreline. Click the image above to see the Dolphin starting to push towards the shallows.

Dolphin Fishing On Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphin Fishing On Shore – click to enlarge

Finally the Dolphin has a school in the shallows and can chase them either left or right, but always between them and the deep water.

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Dolphins And Pelicans On Shore

Pelicans were trying to steal a few of the fish pushed by some Dolphins here. There are many spitsĀ  along the ocean here, I was on one, the action down a little further on another.

Dolphins And Pelicans On Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphins And Pelicans On Shore – click to enlarge

Sometimes it’s better, for perspective, to be a little distance away.

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Dolphins And Pelicans On Shore – click to enlarge
Dolphins And Pelicans On Shore - click to enlarge
Dolphins And Pelicans On Shore – click to enlarge

No free fish for the Pelicans this time.

Fish Spinning, Dolphin

This was taken probably 20 yards (18 m) off shore, there is a steep drop off here.

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Fish Spinning, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The Dolphin was quickly circling and slapping his tail to confuse the fish. Next step could be to push these fish on shore for the Dolphin to follow for a quick grab.

Instead the whirlpool did the work and the Dolphin was able to feed right there, no herding to the beach needed.

Fish Spinning, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Fish Spinning, Dolphin – click to enlarge

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin

Most of my Dolphin articles have been groups fishing together. I do have a series of photographs never published of a single Dolphin spinning/splashing schools of fish.

Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

The Dolphin below swam close to the shore slowing pushing fish forward.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

A short distance further, when they were grouped up he quickly spun around them in a fast tight circle.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

When he had them bunched close enough he almost had a whirlpool.

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Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

Splashing with his tail he pushed them towards shore.

Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin - click to enlarge
Herding Fish Alone, Dolphin – click to enlarge

And caught them.

They don’t always strand these fish either. If they have enough of a circle and whirlpool made slamming their tail down stuns the fish and they are caught that way also.