Leaping Dolphins

Any time is a happy time when you watch Bottlenose Dolphins gracefully swimming along the coastline in small pods, breaching the water every so often.  Sometimes quite close to the shore.

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Watching from my balcony, there was a day a few seemed to be having some fun, leaping as they moved along.  They kept doing it, so I decided to grab my camera and see if I could anticipate the next location of a leap.

(Photos are heavily cropped and definitely not my best….but are fun!)

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Adult Bottlenose Dolphins average 10-14 feet long and about 1100 lbs.

They can reach speeds 20-22 mph and can breach up to 20 feet out of the water, landing with a splash.

Here we go!

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That sure looked like fun to me!

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You can’t help but smile and feel happy after watching Bottlenose Dolphins enjoying life and freedom.


48 thoughts on “Leaping Dolphins

  1. Wow – cropped or not, these are amazing photos! Lucky you, that you can see these from your balcony. The fact that you were able to catch them in action shows your great reflexes! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beautiful creatures they are Donna, you have captured their playful character very well. Love going out on dolphin and whale watches, you always get treated to surprises as these guys are so unpredictable and you never know when or where they will show up. The Common Dolphin, a deep sea dolphin, (if it can be called that) is another performing dolphin that always brings excitement to us because it does synchronized swimming and breaching. Lovely pics. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Thank you Ashley! I’ve never gone whale watching but would love too, maybe some day. Many years back when we boated the southern most portion of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay, we did once have a few dolphins join alongside our ride, almost like they were racing us. It was memorable!

  3. What great photos Donna, they certainly do look like they’re having fun. And you are absolutely right, you can’t help but smile when you see dolphins playing. 🙂

  4. They are so lovely, and to see them is a kind of Good Luck, amazing shots dear Donna, especially the first one is great image for me. Thank you dear, Love, nia

  5. Thank you so much for bringing us the joy of watching these dolphins, Donna. You’re right, it brings such happiness to see these leaping wonders. Gorgeous blue waters, too. Some of them were really leaping high too, what luck! Fantastic post, thank you.

  6. I agree! When ever I see dolphins I am full of joy and happiness! The same happiness I feel when I am with my dog! Will you check out my blog and give me some feedback?

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