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Old 23-02-2012, 07:23   #1
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Racing the Dolphins

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What I have noticed over the years is dolphins want a challenge. My sailing at 6~8 kts rarely saw them play in the bow wake. Aboard commercial ships at 18 kts, a regular sight.
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A mate worked on a Navy Frigate; they easily kept up with that and they are a 27 knot ship. I haven't been at a higher speed than that near them.
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Dolphins always seem like they are playing, well and eating too. They always bring a smile to my face and the sun seems a little brighter when their around. Guess I could ruin the fun and Google their speed....naa. Not today! Watching and smiling is so much nicer....oh darn, a woman's view of life.
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Re: Racing the Dolphins

Bursts of speed up to 25mph when 'running' have been noted, though their normal swimming speed is considerably less. When 'running', a dolphin moves rapidly in a series of dives and forward leaps, spending as little time as possible under water--this is a normal tactic for hunting fast-moving prey. Even greater speeds, in excess of what they can achieve on their own, can be attained by riding the bow wave of a fast vessel.
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Read a great story yesterday. At some Sea World joint the dolphins were given a fish for each piece of trash they brought up to the trainer from the tank. One smart guy ripped up a paper bag and hid it so that he could bring it in one piece at at time and get more fish. And people still think it's fine to keep them in tanks and enslave them to do dog tricks.
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Read a great story yesterday. At some Sea World joint the dolphins were given a fish for each piece of trash they brought up to the trainer from the tank. One smart guy ripped up a paper bag and hid it so that he could bring it in one piece at at time and get more fish. And people still think it's fine to keep them in tanks and enslave them to do dog tricks.
Yep, that dolphin is smarter than a lot of CEOs.
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Re: Racing the Dolphins

A news clip today showed an estimated 1200 dolphin pod racing a tour boat at 25 mph.

It was a video on CBS Evening News about an hour ago.


While crossing from Cedar Key to Carabelle, offshore halfway at 3:00 AM hove to replacing a stern light bulb, a pod of about a dozen showed up to entertain me. They were vocalizing and taking turns coming along side for a look "eye to eye". Leaping from the water, down under the boat to the other side and leaping again. They were clearly doing it for the shear fun of it.
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