Saturday, May 16, 2015

Another Amazing Nature Encounter

 

Cudjoe Key, Florida (high 88, low 80)

 

It’s getting really warm here in the Keys and we’re starting to dream of the cooler days and nights in the mountains.

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The winds have picked up making it too rough to go offshore, so we decided to pull the boat out of the water and start our preparations to leave the Keys.  We’re both kind of sad thinking about leaving our beautiful islands as we’ve really gotten into the routine here.  Despite the heat, there are still plenty of fun things to do.  We’ve been riding our bikes, swimming in the wonderfully heated pool and soaking our tired and aching bodies in the hot tub.  We haven’t made a run to Key West for sunset lately and may not have a chance before we leave.

Last week, we met up with Paul and Marti after following their blog for years.   They are very nice people and we really enjoyed meeting them in person. We’re meeting again this afternoon. 

 

Paul and Marti Dahl at Geiger Key

We are planning on leaving next week, so we’ve been working every day to get all the preparations done.  Having a boat that lives in the Keys, adds another big chore to the list, but it’s finally cleaned, organized and covered.

Owning a RV lot adds a few more chores to the normal preparations.  We’ve been painting our picnic table and deck box, replanting and moving plants.  We made arrangements to have our concrete patio cut down a little.  The way it is now, the motor home has to be right up next to the concrete deck so that the slide doesn’t hit the electric box on the other side.  Our lot is a pull in lot, but with the concrete patio so close, you tend to scrape your tires.  Land is extremely valuable here in the Keys, so lots tend to be small.  We have plenty of patio space, so we figure if the deck gets cut down a foot it will make it easier to pull into our lot next year.

We planned on leaving Monday, but the boat took longer than we expected, so now it’s Tuesday or Wednesday. 

 

On my last blog post I wrote about seeing three sea turtles mating right in front of our eyes.  If you missed that post, you can read about it HERE.  It was quite an amazing thing to witness.

We never expected to see anything like that again, but about two days later, we were coming back in from snorkeling on Looe Key Reef and we saw another amazing encounter.

We were back in the channel right in front of Venture Out and we spotted some dolphin splashing around.  We’ve seen them splashing before but it’s been when they are hunting and feeding.  Dolphin work together to catch their prey.

Years ago we saw several of them circling fast around a school of some sort of yellow fish.  All you could see was a yellow swirl in the middle. It was quite amazing seeing them work together for the good of the pod.

This time, as we approached the dolphin, we noticed they didn’t swim off as they usually do.

 

Dolphin Mating near Venture Out channel

As we watched, we discovered there were at least three dolphin and maybe four.  Okay, now we know what’s going on!  We aren’t as naive as we were a few days ago!

The wind and current was moving us around all over, so it was pretty hard to get good pictures.  We saw them jump almost all the way out of the water. 

One swam right at us and stuck it’s head up to check us out.  Missed the picture though.  :(

Dolphin Mating near Venture Out channel

I’m not exactly sure what we’re looking at here, but for sure it’s at least two dolphin.

Dolphin Mating near Venture Out channel

 

Dolphin Mating near Venture Out channel

One thing we saw quite a lot was dolphin swimming very very fast on it’s back.

Dolphin Mating near Venture Out channel, swimming on his back

 

We think it may be the dolphin equivalent  to an after sex cigarette.  :)

Sorry about the fishing rod in the middle of the photo.

 

Dolphin Mating near Venture Out channel - swimming on back 

It was an amazing site and in all the time we’ve spent out in a boat on the ocean, this was the first time we’ve seen dolphin mating. 

Yep, it was another amazing day out on the water, but unfortunately the last one for this trip.

15 comments:

  1. You sure see some amazing sights! I can't believe you're leaving already. It seems like you just got there. But it's got to be nice to know you're heading "home," just the home in the other direction. Safe travels. :)

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    1. We've been here three months...seems like it flew by!

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  2. You've been seeing sights marine biologists would give their right arm to see. Won't be long before you have a flock of marine biologists following you every time you put your boat in the water! :cD

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  3. I would not be in a hurry to leave after your two nature encounters. Becki

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  4. We would not be ready to leave after those two nature encounters. You are so blessed to have those experiences. Becki

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    1. We're not real anxious to leave either, but it is getting pretty hot.

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  5. Sounds like a great way to end your time in the Keys. Visit with fellow bloggers and seeing dolphins doing what comes natural! ;-)

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  6. What a perfect life you have set up for yourselves, the islands and the mountains. REALLY SWEET!!

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    1. Yeah, we're pretty happy but do want to get out west one of these days.

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  7. You guys are so lucky to have lots in several places. Safe travels to Georgia.

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    1. Yes, we are Laurie and we appreciate it!

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  8. Amazing what you can witness if you just take the time to look and see.
    Nice that you finally got to meet up with Paul and Marti, maybe we will have a chance to meet ya'll some day too.

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  9. Paul and Marti are super folks! Watch out for Paul though because he is quite the jokster.

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  10. Amazing sights!! safe travels:)

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  11. You guys are living the dream right now! I can't wait to retire and go travel the world!
    Greg

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