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…
OMG !! These are amazing! The best dolphin pics I’ve ever seen. I really want to buy at least one print. Can we talk about it? email me at email@example.com
Great shots Laurie. As other commenters have said, I’ve tried some of this, and it isn’t easy. Well done. ~James
Love these *clutches heart and gasps 🙂
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Great dolphin pics! That is not easy to do. Love it!
Wow, these are fabulous shots…so envious of your show…
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”.
Great shot. Dolphins are a beautiful creature. The Port River in South Australia is beautiful for Dolphins, and delightful at Monkey Mia Western Australia
Glorious photos of these wonderful creatures. 🙂
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!
Fantastic photos, you’re so lucky to have the opportunity to see and take photos of them 🙂
What wonderful photos! Dolphins are such marvelous creatures! I’ve been privileged to see them in the wild a few times in my life.
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You have some great action shots there!
Amazing!!!!!!!!! Oh how I wish I were swimming with the dolphins right now-definitely on my bucket list 🙂
Ahhhh…..so beautiful aren’t they. Loved the show. Almost felt like I was riding on the boat beside you.
Love you friend. Hugs!
I LOVE these photos!!! Dolphins are so beautiful. Wow!
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!
Wow – stunning images!
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.
Beautiful photos of dolphins! We got to swim with them once. What an experience!
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They were beautiful – my heart would have been beating a mile per minute mesmerized by their beauty which you captured so well!
It was so cool! Thanks for visiting!
I could look at these photos all day long!
I couldn’t agree more…dolphins are just magical to me.
How sweet.. They are bringing joy : )
Have a nice day.
Love and Peace, Summer
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.
fantastic pics! thanx for sharing with *a piece of heaven*
Look at these! Amazing captures. Dolphins are so majestic. Love them!
Oh wow amazing movement and action shots
Oh, I’d be squealing too! Fabulous captures!
Great photos! I see lots of dolphins, but I rarely get to see them playing like that. I’m not sure who was having more fun, you, or the dolphins?
Well it probably be a tie…we both were jumping☺
What a show you got to photograph! I love dolphins, you really captured their sense of playtime fun!
Wow – that is amazing!!!! Wat a site to see!
Fantastic photo’s Laurie! What a treat that would be. I’ve been totally in love with them my whole live beginning with Flipper.
Love your tip for today.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Excellent photos, I love dolphins 🙂
These shots are so much fun! They came out great! I love the gorgeous color of that water! Makes me want to swim with them :o)
Absolutely terrific shots!
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.
Magnificent photography of some of nature’s gems ~ ^_^
What an amazing site!! Your photos are so awesome!!
Thanks for sharing for WW :))
Great capturing the pictures of the dolphins and the huge interesting info. about them.
Awww…such a treat to see those beautiful creatures playing!
Thanks for more great tips on how to have an effective blog.
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 !
What an amazing show, thank you sharing them with us Laurie and thank you for visiting pret-a-vivre.com 🙂
Love the dolphins! We have river dolphins here and they are also fantastic. Fun post!
I have never heard of river dolphins? Thank you for your visit and comments.
Wow, how cool! Loved your photography – I thought you were at SeaWorld before I read the caption. Great work on getting perfect photographs.
These are wonderful, Laurie!
How much fun it must have been to watch them.
Lisa, it was a huge delight…I was telling myself breathe, breathe….holding my breath because I was just in shock!
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!
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. 🙂
What special entertainment, thanks for sharing it with all of us.
This is fantastic, Laurie! Love the Dolphin show 🙂 Thank you for the tips, I need to clean up my side bar soon. 🙂
Wow, fabulous shots Laurie!
Fantastic photos!I love dolphins!
Patricia, coming from such a talented lady I take this as a huge compliment…thanks!
My pleasure! You are very talented yourself! Thank you very much for your generosity and support! That means a lot!
Really amazing photography of those gentle and cute friends!
Wow, wonderful shots!!!
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.
Amazing photos! Hope you are all having a wonderful time! x x
That must have been an amazing day! 🙂
Ohhhhhh! Those are absolutely breathtaking and amazing shots! Dolphins are just too cool for school. 😉
Thanks for the tips – I’ve been jonesin’ to clean up the look and feel of my blog lately, so those will come in handy! 🙂
Signs of Spring… At Last!
Great photos! Love watching dolphins playing around and showing off.
Wow, great photos! You can really see the texture and motion of these dolphins. Feels like I’m right there.
Awesome photos. We use to go watch the manatees. They were pretty amazing too. http://poshonabudget.com/2013/04/ww-my-latest-ustream-obsession.html
What fabulous pictures. You did an awesome job
I love the dellfines. The Egyptians and Greeks recognized in dolphins the incarnation of a deity, the very oracle of Delphi, the most famous in history, was under the invocation of a dolphin. 😉
I certainly didn’t know all of this…thanks for sharing!
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 😉
Gracie, I am so glad you are inspired to do some spring cleaning…I think everyone could use some right?
Amazing photos Laurie! Thanks so much for sharing them!
Such wonderful captures! Dolphins are so amazing. I hope you have a marvelous day too! 😀
Well, this had to be just about “pee in your pants” fun….thanks so much for the ride.
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!
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!
Lovely! Such wonderful creatures.
Thanks I enjoyed it!!! I felt like I was right there, beautiful pictures 🙂
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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!
I am in-love with dolphins! They are such adorable creatures and quite intelligent. 😀