Pod of Dolphins
updated: Jan 30, 2013, 1:00 PM
By Steve McGovern
I was out at Goleta Pier this morning around 9:30 when I saw, just off-shore,
what I thought was a pod (?) of dolphins. They were in close, well within the
length of the pier. I took pictures every time I saw one come up, hoping to get
a good shot of, perhaps, a dolphin breaching, or whatever it's called. Didn't
see that. Mostly just a lot of dorsal fins. When I got home, I downloaded the
photos, and upon closer examination I am not sure I was looking only at
dolphins. A dolphin's dorsal fin has a graceful curve to the back on the
forward surface and a graceful curve to the front on the rear surface. The tip
can be hooked. Now, I don't know if that is something that develops with age,
or if that description fits a dolphin from date of birth. Anyway, when I looked
at the pictures, some of them didn't look like that at all.
I'm pretty sure these are dolphins, although one fin is a bit ragged:
It's the next two pictures I wonder about:
There even appears to be some white near the fin of the animal coming toward the
camera in the second pictures. Could be just glare. At that time of day the
sun would be to the rear of the animal and on the left as we're looking at it.
I might just be imagining things. There did not seem to be any strife. There
did appear to be larger and smaller animals which I attributed to juvenile
dolphins. Somebody out there in ED world will know.
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