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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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