Tuesday, July 22, 2008

They call him Flipper, Flipper

Most of us may know the world’s most famous dolphin by that name; however, the Princess hoped to see “Flippy” on our 2 hour dolphin cruise in Perdido Bay.

As we boarded the “Cold Mil 2” for the 4pm Hotter-Than-Blue-Blazes dolphin cruise, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had already been overcharged for the Daisani water I had to purchase because I didn’t know we could bring our own cooler. Yes, I paid $1.75 for a bottle of water. Then aboard the boat there was a cooler with can drinks. Guess how much they were. Yes, ONE dollar! Now, I sure better get my $12/person worth of viewing some dolphins!



As we headed out into the bay, we almost immediately saw a couple of dolphins. They allowed us to watch them dive a couple of times, then left the area. Just enough viewing to demand want more. Again, I need to get my money’s worth, Skipper.

After riding for about 20 minutes, we slowed down and met up with the second boat that left the dock. There were a few more dolphins spotted and now we were going to “encourage them to play”. Whatever it takes, Skipper, do your stuff. They aligned the boats with a couple of boat widths between us. They then “gunned it” creating a wake between the boats. Guess what?



Jackpot! That was almost worth my $12/person investment.

We continued onto the very end of the bay and made a couple more attempts of the super secret dolphin wake.

BINGO! They fell for it again, and this time I had the camera on video:

Did you see that?! Two jumped at one time. No way! As you can hear, we turned into instant tourists with all the “oooohhhhhh” “aahhhh” “yay”!

We definitely got our money’s worth! Thank you, Skipper and Flipper!



Joanna said...

I love dolphins! (who doesn't?) People swim with them here when they go out in their private boats. They go out in front of Shell Island (it's out across from the public beach, you have to get to this one by boat) and people will park their boats right off shore and get in the water and swim with them! When my dad was living here, they had a boat, we went out, but he never would go over for us to swim with them. : (
We have been saddened ever since!

Kendrawolf said...

Looks like a fun time!

Beachy Mimi said...

What fun! We didn't get to see them in a boat, but we did she some playing from our balcony. When they slapped their tails on top of the water we went nuts!

Jennifer Raack said...

Wow, that last picture is amazing. It looks like something you'd see in a magazine!

P.S. He loves you... said...

Great shots!