Placida-Gasparilla Sound – Day 8 – “Sailfin & Whidden Come to Visit”

Fishing wasn’t anything special that morning. In the early afternoon, we had to go pick up someone in the boat, who would be waiting for us at Eldred’s Marina. On the way there, we ended up spotting Echo (the dolphin … Continue reading

Placida-Gasparilla Sound – Day 7 – “A Shark Ate Our Trout!”

It was a calm, beautiful morning as we untied the boat from the dock. The sun was just up over the trees on the mainland, and the wind was slow and calm. The fishing poles had been loaded, and we … Continue reading

Placida-Gasaprilla Sound July 2017 – Day 6 – “Forward Flukes”

Fishing that morning wasn’t anything special. We didn’t catch any fish, and didn’t see any dolphins. In the afternoon we headed down to the sandbar in Gasparilla Pass that stretches off the south tip of Little Gasaprilla Island. I stayed … Continue reading

Placida-Gasparilla Sound July 2017 – Day 5 – “The Canal to Woolverton Trail”

I hadn’t wanted to say anything, in case things didn’t work out, but at the last minute we planned for a girls’ scouting troop to come out to Placida and paddle the Woolverton Trail, meaning that we would be down … Continue reading

Placida-Gasparilla Sound July 2017 – Day 4 – “A Dolphin Party in the Pass”

It was now the morning after my UNFORGETTABLE night time dolphin encounter on the south tip of Little Gasparilla Island. It was early in the morning, probably around 7:00 AM. We were loading the boat for a morning dolphin watch, … Continue reading

Placida Florida July 2017 – Day 2 – “Longnotch and Zephyr”

It was the afternoon after our cool experience with Zakat, Mua, Sakala, and few other dolphins in Gasparilla Sound. We were now taking the boat out again for an afternoon dolphin watch. We spotted Longnotch and Zephyr in the southern … Continue reading

Placida-Gasparilla Sound – Day 3 – “Incredible, ONCE IN A LIFETIME Placida Dolphin Experience”

It had been a pretty bad day when it came to dolphin watching. We had seen Riptide and a young dolphin in Gasparilla Sound for just a second that morning, but that was it. In the afternoon, when we had … Continue reading

Placida-Gasparilla Sound July 2017 – Day 2 – “Little Titan”

It was now nearing the high tide for the day, the time when the water is clearest in Placida Harbor and Gasparilla Sound. The water was exceptionally clear, and you could see every detail on the harbor bottom, even in … Continue reading

Placida Florida July 2017 – Day 2 – “Breaches and Boat Strike”

It was now day two of our July 2017 research trip to Placida, Florida, and I was still all worked up about my amazing experience with Negua the dolphin during the previous afternoon. Now, as we untied the boat from … Continue reading

Placida Florida July 2017 – Day 1 – “Negua’s Surprise”

As you probably already know, for the past two weeks I have been on a Dolphin Discoveries Project research trip to Placida, Florida. It was so amazing, and I can’t wait to go back (in September). The trip was incredible, … Continue reading

ANOTHER Gasparilla Sound Dolphin With Boat Strike Injuries

A photo of Zenith fluking revealed that his/her flukes are damaged. The right side of the flukes have been sliced roughly half off. The cut is healed over and is very smooth and clean, so likely this injury was inflicted by a boat propeller. Zenith may be the mystery dolphin that showed up in Placida Harbor in December 2015, but was never identified. Please be on the look out for Zenith if you ever visit Placida Harbor, Gasparilla Sound, Gasparilla Pass, or nearby waters (we don’t yet know if Zenith is a local resident or non-resident, and if he/she is a non-resident, we don’t know how far away from the Gasparilla Sound area he/she may travel). Please report any dolphin sightings in the area and send us your photos at snails2whales@gmail.com or dolphindiscoveriesproject@gmail.com!