Welcome to the Dolphins in Paradise Blog

Dolphins in Paradise has become for me a preferred state of mind.
This blog is about co-creating an on-line space where people can share,
and perhaps remember, our connections to our cetacean allies
and the feeling of upliftment and sense of community which is the result of that.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ray Sighting

I saw the little ray again today, and it's my birthday. He was swimming around in the same area where I'd seen him before, probably foraging off the bottom. I'd thought he'd continued to move up along the shoreline, but he seems to be making an extended stay.

Friday, May 21, 2010

It's a Shark! No, It's a . . .

The other evening I was walking with my partner along the bay in Marin County here in California. We are lucky to live a 1-minute walk from a long path that travels right along the water's edge. In one direction you see Mt. Tamalpais. If you look in the other way, you can see the Richmond Bridge. When the tide is out, a large expanse of muddy bottom is exposed studded with craggy rocks. Today the tide was in. Suddenly, Lex said, "There's a small shark!" Close to the bank rippling across the surface was what appeared to be a small, floppy dorsal fin. Then we saw two. "Maybe it's a mom and her baby," I said. But as we watched, we could see both "fins" rise and fall together equidistant apart. "It's a ray," said Lex. "It must be feeding." The "fins" disappeared, and a long, whip-thin tail waved near the long grass. We watched its undulating movements for awhile before continuing with our walk.

Since then, I've googled rays in California, and I suspect that this was a bat ray because of the pointed "wings" and the very thin tail. Apparently, they feed on clams and shrimp and other crustaceans. Their stinger can inflict some very painful wounds, but is used only in self-defense. They are not by nature an aggressive animal. It's best not to accidently step on them.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gray whale sighted off Israel

I was forwarded a bit of news today: A gray whale has apparently found its way through the arctic ice in the Northwest Passage near the Bering Strait to the Atlantic ocean. It then migrated south and eventually turned left into the Mediterranean ending up off the shores of Israel instead of the southern tip of Baja. Gray whales have not been seen in the Atlantic for over 200 hundred years! According to scientists it should be able to survive because there is plenty of food here. The question is whether this could be the beginning of a new migration pattern or re-colonisation of the Atlantic. This is another side effect of the climate changes our planet is going through. Interesting where a wrong turn can take you.