Friday, January 30, 2009

Dolphin Friday

Hello everyone! Mommy is taking over again today...

One of our favorite places is Hilton Head Island, SC. My family has been going there for a long time. Denny's first time there was for our honeymoon. On that trip we discovered the dolphin trip. They take you out into the ocean on a Zodiak, which is basically a rubber raft with a propeller on the back. There are about 60 Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins (ie. Flipper) that live in the sound between the island and the mainland and many more "visit". When we went on our honeymoon, the laws weren't as strict and the "tour guides" would get the dolphins to swim right up to the boat and you could even touch them. We were sure that they would go out there without tours and feed the dolphins to get them to swim to the boats, even though they said it was against the law to feed them. But the dolphins were way too friendly to just swim up to the boats without incentive. The laws have become much more strict and there is no feeding or touching of the wildlife. It's a little more difficult to find the dolphins, but they can be found...usually around the shrimp boats to feed on the discards. In 2007 we took Sam to Hilton Head for his first time and here are some of the dolphins we saw. Keep in mind it's not easy to take pictures of dolphins in the wild since you never know when they're going to pop up, but I think I got some good shots. The first picture is of Harbour Town as seen from the ocean. There is a big golf tournament there every spring and a lot of wealthy people park their yachts in the harbour...
I hope you enjoyed the dolphins! In pug news, Eddie went to the vet to get fixed today and he did very well. I was worried he would be upset with me, but he's more sleepy than anything. Hopefully we can keep him and the rest of the posse calm for the next few days so he can heal!
Pug hugs and kisses!
Vikki and the Pug Posse




6 comments:

Rachel said...

Those ARE great photos. I took a catamaran tour of that same body of water there a few years ago and then J and I went to Hilton Head again for a little mini-vaca this past November. It was nice on the off-season.

Rosie said...

We loved the dolphin photos - they were great! Hope Eddie is healing well.

Pearl said...

I have been to Hildon Head once, as a child, and I still want to go back! It was so beautiful!

Give Eddie a hug for me!

SassyDog said...

Fuji and I send warm wishes for Eddie's recovery. I get worried too when one of my animals are having a procedure done. I don't swim very well and I live in Florida but always thought it would be fun to swim with a dolphin, big sea turtle or giant manta ray. You can swim with a dolphim over near Disneyworld. I should have taken my daughter there since she swims like a fish. Give all your babies hugs and kisses from us. Super photos!

Nevis said...

Wonderful photos!!! At first I thought they were sharks, though!

Sandra y Coco said...

Hi! I saw dolphins in the seaquarium a month ago. You can also swim with them but it is SUPER expensive! I went with my sister and nephews, only the 3 kids was like $700.00. NO WAY!