Baja California #7 - Dolphins by the 1000's

Discussion in 'Birds' started by bobhoge, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. In the Sea of Cortes there are very large pods of Common Dolphin that may number 1000+ individuals and also large pods of Bottlenose Dolphin. The Bottlenose seemed to hang out with the Sperm Whales.

    I don't have a good photo to show how many Dolphin there were, they sometimes compeletly encircled the ship.

    They would often run parallel to us, remember that there are at least 10+ underwater for every one on the surface taking a breath:
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    They would then turn toward us and take turns riding in our wake and under the bow of the ship:
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    Once they got close there were lots of photo opps:
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    You could see them below the surface in the clear waters so you could know where they would surface and be able to time the shots:
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    They usually exhaled a little air just before surfacing, giving them a "powdered wig" look:
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    Sometimes you got an artsy look when they were below the surface:
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    You could also hang over the bow of the ship and get an interesting shot:
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    More to follow,
    Bob & Nan
     
  2. Lowolf

    Lowolf

    Jan 26, 2006
    Oregon
    terrific pictures and great comments
     
  3. Sharon

    Sharon

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    Feb 18, 2006
    What a spectacular sight! I have sure been enjoying all your posts from your trip. Can't wait to see more.
     
  4. I'll add a few more from another day. We saw dolphin on at least 8 different days during the trip. :biggrin:

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    You can see several more just below the surface, riding on the wake:
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    Your timing and framing had to be just right to get a frame filler:
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    Bob & Nan
     
  5. These are outstanding - show us all you've got!!! :biggrin:
     
  6. They sure seem to be having fun. Another great series from the world travelers!
     
  7. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wow
    I am afraid i would jump in with them:>))
    Wonerful animals
     
  8. Thrilling!
    I expect you shot many Gigabytes!
    Thank you for showing us.

    Alan
     
  9. senna

    senna

    Jan 6, 2007
    San Jose Ca.
    These are some verry cool photos. :biggrin:
     
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