Placida-Gasparilla Sound July 2017 – Day 9 – “Storms and Sandbars”

For some reason, I’m thinking we didn’t see any dolphins in the first part of the day. We went out to look for them in the morning, but didn’t see any. We planned to go out again in the afternoon, … Continue reading

Placida-Gasparilla Sound July 2017 – Day 8 – “Caught in a Dangerous Struggle”

It was now the afternoon after our cool experience with Olaiano, Sailfin, and the new dolphin “Whidden” in Placida Harbor. The tide was still high, and we wanted to go snorkel at the trestle for the last bit of time … Continue reading

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