Following Seashelly’s ‘Fans Flip for Flipper‘ post comes some photos of these flippers flapping through our waters. On their Facebook group, News12 Long Island posted the photos of these dolphins, which were taken off the coast of Long Beach by Chopper 12 (which also has its own Facebook group).
Anybody else out there with a helicopter and took photos of these amazing mammals? Please submit them!
(These photos are the property of News12 Long Island. If you can get in their site past their signup page, more power to you. )
We have been fortunate this Summer to experience the sightings of healthy dolphin pods frolicking right off our beaches. Kids at Skudin Surf Camp taking to their surfboards for the first time had a glimpse of what we sometimes forget our Oceans are for. Ocean Life.
Before going out in the water to get a free ride on the back of Flipper. Remember the dolphins are wild. They aren’t here for entertainment value. They are just crusin’ by, munching on their dolphin munchies and really have no interest in us.
Want to be proactive in our Marine life? Here are a few guidelines from the men and women that actually study these magnificent mermaids (and mermen) of the waters.
According to Robert A. DiGiovanni Jr., the Executive Director/Senior Biologist at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation the Dolphins that we are seeing are Common dolphins, bottlenose, Risso’s dolphins and Harbor porpoises. Sometimes we may catch a glimpse of pilot whales.
During the Winter /Fall months, which unfortunately will be here before you know it, we sometimes have seals that come to sun themselves on our jetties or our beaches. Here’s another list of what not to do.
- Keep at least 50 yards away.
- Do not feed the animal.
- Do not try to interact with the animal.
That includes having a photo op. They are not Kim Kardashian and her clan. How would you feel if you were surrounded by 30 to 50 human beings with their iPhones pointed in your direction while all you want to do is relax for a little bit before heading into the Atlantic again?
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation does a wonderful job. They can always use are help. So when you see a Dolphin, seal, sea turtle give them a call. The 24-hours hotline for sightings is 631.369.9829 . Send the photos you’ve taken (from a distance) with date/time/location to email@example.com
Flipper and his friends will thank us. Sighting cards are available through the Riverhead Foundation for marine research and Preservation or you can email me and I’ll send you the pdf file. SeaShelly@seabythecity.com
A few weeks ago I commented on the dolphins that were spotted in the Long Island sound. We get dolphins off the south shore, but just further out from land. Of course, this all changes if that stupid Liquefied Natural Gas complex gets built. Dolphins don’t like to swim in industrialized oceans.
Well anyways, this video was taken on July 25th, 2008 a mile and a half away from Long Beach, NY. Enjoy!
The Town of North Hempstead sites clean water as the reason why dolphins came back to the Long Island sound. This is perfect example why we don’t need that stupid Liquefied Natural Gas complex off the south shore. Lets try to clean our waters, not industrialize them. Who knows what sea creatures we might attract down here.
Why am I posting this when it has nothing to do with Long Beach? Well, I am hoping we can send a message to those dolphins that we have better beaches down here on the south shore. Dolphins are smart; maybe they’ll listen. Besides, those rich kids on the north shore always get everything….
This photo that I ‘borrowed’ will give you a better idea on how much more fun those dolphins would have off the coast of Long Beach. We have waves down here. Somebody get those dolphins to a computer and show them Surfer Jim’s surf cam.