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    Ok, I will share the coolest thing ever that happened this evening. We went outside to watch the sunset, me kiddo, and 2 dogs. When it's low tide sometimes the dolphins will come by and use the shallows to their advantage to catch fish. They are big and move a lot so the dogs bark at them and sometimes they stop and seem to play a little bit. Well, tonight this one was just having so much fun, he kept turning his head to see what all the noise was and seemed to be using the dogs too and all the noise they were making to help him herd the fish. Actually it was probably a girl because there was a baby that came along pretty close after or it could have been there all along and this other one was just keeping our attention. It hung out for 5-10 min at least and something I rarely see it threw fish out of the water twice before it ate them, one was just like normal, the other one had to have gone 15' in the air at least. It was crazy, never seen anything like that soooooooo cool.


    ....and now I'm much better and going to get back to studying, hopefully someone enjoys the dolphin playing with dogs story, it totally made my night and now saved my night
    Moonflower


    #2
    thanks for sharing. Really cool.
    nane
    Raise your words not your voice, it's rain that grows flowers not thunder. ~Rumi


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      #3
      Wow, what an amazing story. That dolphin really was being playful wasn't it, throwing the fish fifteen feet into the air.

      They are beautiful creatures and it sounds like it was really communicating.

      Here in Australia, people pay a fortune to travel to a place on the West Australian coast called Monkey Mia to swim with dolphins. You can be with them in their natural habitat for free.

      Thank you for sharing this story. If you couldn't guess, I am a real animal lover.
      Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery
      and today is a gift;
      that's why they call it the present.


      Eleanor Roosevelt

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        #4
        That must have been astounding to watch. So glad you got to see that and for the way it boosted your spirits!
        Catie

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            #6
            That sounds like a real treat, Moonflower, to see. What a gift!
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              #7
              Wow. I’m just in awe imagining it. Lol.
              "We cannot hold a torch to another's path without brightening our own."

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                #8
                It is super awesome when they come hang out. I was hoping you guys could picture it and get a smile out of it too. There was a baby this past spring that was super cute too. When it was learning to hunt I would see it come by in the morning with it's mom when it would find little bait fish up near the surface it would flip over on it's back so it's mouth was near the surface and chase around the baitfish with his belly up in the air. I got a good video of that one once. It was super cute too.

                That Monkey Mia place sounds cool Falena, I just looked it up. Johnathon really likes the Dolphin Tail movies, I think partly because they are set locally. So, we go to see Winter and Hope (and Nicholas) whenever we can get cheap tickets. It is a pretty small rehab center, but he can spend the whole day roaming around there. He found this knock off movie on Netflix a while back set in a place that sounds a lot like your Monkey Mia, but in the Bahamas, he wants to go there so bad.

                We've had manatees come up to us before when we were swimming, which can be kind of unsettling if the water is murky, but never dolphins.
                Moonflower

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                  #9
                  Amazing life there! I would probably come out of my skin if approached by a manatee!

                  The baby dolphin must've been quite a little character....
                  Catie

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                    #10
                    Catie, when the water is clear, like in the springs, it's cool. When the water isn't is quite unnerving at first because they are huge.
                    Moonflower

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                      #11
                      It's hard for me to imagine, Moonflower. Pretty amazing.
                      Catie

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                        #12
                        Catie, what kind of animals live around you?

                        We have lots of marsh rabbits too and the dogs love barking at pelicans. We have lots and lots of lizards, they are impossible to keep out of the screened in porched and we usually have a few in the house at any given time. There is one that's been in Johnathon's room for a while now, he's named him stripes.

                        I took my one dog for a walk late one night last week and saw a possum too.

                        At various parks nearby you can see gators or deer, jut not in the neighborhood.

                        One of our favorite things when J was little was to go out in the mud flats at low tide and 'look for critters'.
                        Moonflower

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                          #13
                          So many creatures in your local environment! Very interesting. I do think it would be amazing to live near the ocean.

                          Here? I'm in an apartment in a metro area. On my walks, there have been skunks, rats, an armadillo once. My dad's neighborhood has lizards and one day in the heat I caught one flinging itself at his front door.

                          I have not visited more rural areas in this state.
                          Catie

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by moonflower View Post
                            He found this knock off movie on Netflix a while back set in a place that sounds a lot like your Monkey Mia, but in the Bahamas, he wants to go there so bad.
                            I haven’t been to Monkey Mia yet. It’s on the other side of the country but one day I hope to get there. Like your son, I’d like to go to the Bahamas as well. (I can daydream.)

                            Being in nature like you and your son can be is simply wonderful. I work near to a beach and whenever I can, take a walk along the shore at lunch time. It’s pretty hard turning back to the office sometimes!

                            I love nature and I love the sea. It is wonderful that you two share this together. I’m sure in spending time at the ocean and your camping trips that you are creating a whole bank of good memories for you both to hold onto.

                            My kids are all grown up now but some of my best memories are of farm holidays we used to take and the trail rides we did together.
                            Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery
                            and today is a gift;
                            that's why they call it the present.


                            Eleanor Roosevelt

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                              #15
                              Catie, that's cool I've never seen a skunk. A girl I went to school lives up north, she's a dog groomer that kind of specializes in deskunking dogs, I had no idea something like that could be in such high demand. We have rats too, I really think they are everywhere. They are one of the few critter I don't care for, I can do snakes and spiders but I really don't like rats. Armadillos are cool too, there are some parks near here where you can see them. When I worked for the county, I had one almost run into me in the dark at 530 in the morning while I was trying to open a gate, scared the living daylights out of me.

                              We live in the most densely populated county in our state so I'm surprised that we have as many critter as we do. I just think even the little stuff is cool. As I was sitting down 2 bright yellow butterflies went by.

                              Falena, there are so many amazing places I would live to see too. I used to have kind of this pipe dream of taking a year to travel around the country in a RV and homeschool and just see some of those cool things. There is an equine therapy place really close to where we used to live and they would open up to the general public once a month when he was little and we'd go hung out in the barn and feed the horses treats and they would walk the kids on horseback through their trail. Two summers ago we went trail riding and he rode his own horse for the first time and he LOVED it. I think that is going to be his birthday or Christmas present this year, I try to give him presents of things we can go do. There's days I can imagine him grown and my house actually being quiet and there are days that I can't wait for that to happen and there are days that seems like it will happen too soon.
                              Moonflower

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