Salt Life…Florida Style Part 2


This is part 2 of “Rock the Boat” Series. We are on our way to Cabbage Key Island with Captiva Cruises. About half way to our destination, these beautiful creatures started giving us a great show. Bottlenose Dolphins are grey, varying from dark grey at the top near the dorsal fin to very light grey and almost white at the underside. This countershading makes them hard to see, both from above and below, when swimming. Adults range in length between 2 and 4 metres (6.6 and 13 ft), and in weight between 150 and 650 kilograms (330 and 1,400 lb). Males are, on average, slightly longer and considerably heavier than females. In most parts of the world, the adult’s length is about 2.5 m (8.2 ft), with weight ranges between 200 and 300 kilograms (440 and 660 lb).


However, one study of a population off Sarasota, Florida indicated an average lifespan of 20 years or less.


Dolphins have sharp eyesight. The eyes are located at the sides of the head and have a tapetum lucidum, or reflecting membrane, at the back of the retina, which aids vision in dim light.


By contrast, a Bottlenose’s sense of smell is poor,because its blowhole, the analogue to the nose, is closed when underwater and it opens only for breathing. Two for the taking…pictures that is. Be still my heart!


Lacking vocal cords, they produce sounds using six air sacs near their blow hole. Each animal has a uniquely identifying, frequency-modulated narrow-band signature vocalization (signature whistle).

But most of all, as you can see their interaction of humans! They love to show off and have fun!


Lucky for us, because they bring us such JOY! Bottlenose dolphins are not endangered. Their future is stable because of their abundance and adaptability.

Tips for Bloggers/Photographers:

Let’s Do Some Spring Clean Up….Tis the Season.

Clean up the side bar widget column. If possible move some of them to a external page.

This will leave a clean looking and uncluttered blog.

For example: I moved all the features/awards to their own page. This way,there is no distraction to the photography which is the main focus here at Pride in Photos.

What is your main focus on your blog? Can your followers clearly see this?

Friends, did you enjoy the Bottleneck Dolphin show? Aren’t they just amazing creatures?

I was squealing like a little girl taking these photos☺ I was so excited to share this with you!

Have a marvelous day!


If you liked this you will love part one:
Rock the Boat…


87 thoughts on “Salt Life…Florida Style Part 2

  1. Pingback: We Are FINALLY to Cabbage Key!… | Pride in Photos

  2. Great shots of the dolphins. Good idea for cleaning up the blog site as well. Thanks for the tips and thanks for the like of my post “Hiding in the Bush”.

  3. Great shot. Dolphins are a beautiful creature. The Port River in South Australia is beautiful for Dolphins, and delightful at Monkey Mia Western Australia

  4. Dolphins are such amazing Wonders of the sea…

    What Wonderful advice for cleaning up your blog too…

    Great post for the letter W…

    Thanks for sharing this WIth us!


  5. Pingback: Cruising To Cabbage Key…Part 3 | Pride in Photos

  6. Ahhhh… beautiful aren’t they. Loved the show. Almost felt like I was riding on the boat beside you.
    Love you friend. Hugs!

  7. Hi Laurie! Glad to see you linked up with Loves on a Thursday! I love your photos!! I live in Ft Myers and I believe we talked about you taking pictures of my family a long time ago 😉 We should re-connect! I actually have a wedding blog and would love to feature your work!

  8. Bottle-nose dolphins are a joy to behold! I had the opportunity to dine with a pair of them in Key West. They were swimming just offshore while I was having lunch at a seaside restaurant. Photos are stunning, capturing my moment of magic with them.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous and nice to hear they’re not endangered. I love dolphins (well all animals) and it looks like you had an amazing experience. Your photos are consistently a highlight in my week.

  10. Thanks for the show & the tip. I say the less clutter – the more focus on your picture, art, writings, etc…
    Kind of like scrapbooking – the focus is on the photos & journaling & not the stickers or background paper. They should just be used as accents.

  11. Oh Wow ! What beautiful photos Laurie ! Dolphins are so amazing and friendly, a beautiful creature.
    I like your tips and I’m going to declutter my blog too !

  12. Wow, how cool! Loved your photography – I thought you were at SeaWorld before I read the caption. Great work on getting perfect photographs.

  13. Laurie–you should link Part One (if you want) at the bottom of this post. Make it: One Step Easy for us to go see more great pitchas…:)…and if you ever need help with stuff like that, I know some stuff about HTML, and am happy to help.

    meantime–must away to work, but I will come back for more eye candy later! Keep up the good Van Gogh-gography! <<hehe, a good one!

  14. You must be part mermaid to have captured these shots! I think this is the sunken treasure you hear so much about…but you have coaxed the best out of the briny blue! I am amazed at the clarity! Sharing–no, plastering!!–to FB right away. I must go see the first installment, as well. 🙂

  15. How lucky to have seen these beautiful dolphins.
    I am in the process right now of cleaning my sidebar. Takes time but I am sure it will all look less cluttered when I am done.

  16. Wow! These are amazing, Laurie! Love that you’ve captured every movement, it’s like being there watching it myself. Oh, and thanks for the tip, I have been thinking of over-hauling my blog too for Spring and your suggestion is the perfect kick in the behind that I so needed 😉

  17. I’m squealing like a little girl in my living room looking at your great photos so I can’t imagine how exciting it was in real life! LOVE your amazing photos! What a gift that was to see them up close and playful! Thanks for sharing!

  18. WOW! Absolutely loved these photographs! Not to mention the wonderful background information on dolphins. I can just hear you now squealing when you took these photographs! I would have been too!

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  20. The photos are fabulous, Laurie! They are smiling so big, and looking right at you too. You can see how intelligent they are in these snaps. Great tips on the sidebar, I try to keep mine to the minimum. Be well!

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