“I’m always taking in strays. We have a resident dolphin in the Bay. Wild dolphins live in pods. Even though this sounds bad, dolphins kick the big male dolphins that are ready for reproduction out of their existing pods to go join another pod. This behavior keeps the genes from bottlenecking.
I believe this is what happened to the dolphin we are speaking of. He is being a bit hardheaded though because he has not joined another pod yet. Well, this guy is a big “Flipper” kind of dolphin that comes up to the wall of the Marina and also hangs out in the Intracoastal canal. I call him DD because I can’t tell if it is Danny or Dolly the Dolphin, even though I think it is a male.
He knows my boat. Comes visits me every day. When a dolphin comes to the surface, they have a mist around them because they are breathing out. But, I tell people ‘don’t worry’. He’ll be around for a little bit. It is illegal to feed wild dolphin. I do NOT intentionally feed it. But, he has figured out that if he hangs around a bit trash fish will be thrown overboard. He uses his sonar to stun the fish then he eats it.
Behind his dorsal fin, he has a scar. I think it’s a bite mark from when they ‘asked’ him to leave the pod.”
Gulf County beaches are some of the best places to bring your pet. Adventure Guide, Captain Charlene, marine biologist and charter captain loves animals of all kinds. Come take a ride with About Fun Charters and maybe you will meet DD or her lab Reggie TD (the dog).
Updated: Dec 08, 2017 0:02
Published: Feb 13, 2015 22:57