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post #1 of 27
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I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Bradley and I went shark fishing with a friend of his on Saturday. Before I upset anyone, let me tell y'all why we were shark fishing. There is a large 10-ft. bull shark that has been seen in the creek from where his deep sea fishing company departs from. Bull sharks are VERY aggressive and lethal and this creek feeds into the waters of our beach. So Bradley and his friend are being paid to get this shark out of the water b/c of the threat it poses to swimmers.
With that said, I have some great pictures for y'all. We fished off the side of one of the deep sea fishing boats (docked in the creek) and were visited by a pod of dolphins that frequents the creek. We actually got to feed them squid. It was incredible! Here are some pictures:

That is me feeding that dolphin!

Here's a shot of all 4 dolphins that we fed:

I just love this shot:

Aww, he's smiling at us!

There are some HUGE loggerhead turtles in the water. Unfortunately, this one got tangled in the shark line, but we got him out safely

This isn't an aquatic animal, but Bradley found this GORGEOUS scarlet kingsnake baby in my apt. building and it was a photo opportunity before we returned him to the nearby woods:

Hope y'all enjoyed a taste of Savannah's wildlife
post #2 of 27
Wow, how exciting, I love the pictures. I want to travel so bad to be able to see some many things. Thank you for sharing these pictures..
post #3 of 27
Oh My! Woaw!!! that pics are sooo cool!
and the Snake Amy is not Poisoned????....I´m afraid at the snakes! ........
post #4 of 27
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Glad y'all are enjoying the pictures

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Originally Posted by CoolCat
Oh My! Woaw!!! that pics are sooo cool!
and the Snake Amy is not Poisoned????....I´m afraid at the snakes! ........

Nope Rigel, fortunately the scarlet kingsnake is not poisonous. It's only dangerous to other snakes! It looks a LOT like the coral snake, which IS poisonous!
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by ugaimes

Nope Rigel, fortunately the scarlet kingsnake is not poisonous. It's only dangerous to other snakes! It looks a LOT like the coral snake, which IS poisonous!
Yup! here in Mérida there a lot of these!!! ...(Coral!..) .............
post #6 of 27
Great pictures! Looks like you had a wondeful time. Thanks for sharing!
post #7 of 27
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I should add how AMAZING the dolphins are. One of the males was such a show-off, he'd do that tail-walking thing just to get a piece of fish . If anyone wants to come to our southeast TCS meetup, I can take us all out to this dock to see the dolphins
post #8 of 27
Ooooooooooh! I LOVE dolphins! The 4 you guys saw are SUCH sweethearts! I would LOVE to go see them during the meetup! I'm so excited!! I'm glad you guys had such a great time this weekend! Did ya get that nasty old shark?
Great pics, thanks for sharing!
post #9 of 27
It must have been nice on the boat!! Think people pay money to do things with the dolphins you got to do for free!!
post #10 of 27
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It was awesome. My little brother and his girlfriend were in town and staying at my mother's house (which is about 15 minutes from the dock), so we called them out and they got to see the dolphins and sea turtle, too.

Unfortunately, no, didn't even SEE the shark (though Bradley is convinced it tugged on the line at one point). I hope we get him soon though . 'Til then- don't go swimming in the water at Tybee Beach!!!!
post #11 of 27
What FANTASTIC pictures! Did he get the shark?
post #12 of 27
Those are some GREAT shots!!!
I have read that dolphins can kill a shark?

Dolphins are supposedly very aggressive with sharks and certain whales and use their snouts to bat them in the heads.
This is supposedly because they are prey to sharks and Orcas.

Perhaps this is what happened?

Glad you had a good time anyway!!
post #13 of 27
Oh man, those pics rock.. I love Dolphins.. Always have, always will.. One of the times that I will remember forever is feeding the bottlenose dolphins at sea world... Looks like you did just about the same thing only with wild dolphin.

Rock on. Be sure to post more pics if you have them or see your buds again!
post #14 of 27
Don't you just love dolphins Amy?! They are just so incredible. Looks like you had a really great time! And what a precious turtle that was as well. Marine life is so incredible, I love seeing all of the amazing wild creatures that call our various bodies of water home. Can't wait for the meet!
post #15 of 27
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I'm glad y'all enjoy dolphins as much as I do. They are the most incredible animals (after cats, of course!!).

I've heard stories of dolphins battling off sharks, but we didn't want to risk the dolphins being hurt. So we stopped feeding them about 20 minutes before we put the bait in the water. They had a baby closeby and we REALLY didn't want the baby being hurt by the shark. So the dolphins moved away from the boat while we were fishing, but they stayed within eyesight to see if we'd feed them again. Greedy little suckers!!!
post #16 of 27
Amy, what great pics!! I love dolphins. Sweet little snake, too!
post #17 of 27
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Fran, I'm glad someone else likes the snake pic! They get a bad rap, but snakes are awesome. And this little baby was just GORGEOUS! We saw her in the stairwell (I think she was scared of the fireworks; we took that picture on July 3rd). I hope she sticks around
post #18 of 27
Awesome dolphin pictures! I wish they would do that around here!
A young girl recently lost her life to a bullshark attack in the Florida Panhandle. I'll post a basic link to bullsharks, & at the beginning, it also offers a link to her story.
http://www.nowpublic.com/node/12440
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
I'm glad y'all enjoy dolphins as much as I do. They are the most incredible animals (after cats, of course!!).
They are such amazing animals. Those are wonderful shots! Thanks so much for sharing them!
post #20 of 27
I LOOOOVE The dolphin pictures!!! dolphins are my favorites next to kitties When im visiting my family in daytona i liek to go down to teh river and watch teh dolphins. one day I was out with a bunch of friends on a seadoo and they were swiming all around us trying to play hehe I was tempted to get in and swim with them but the river is icky!
post #21 of 27
Beautiful Pictures. Thanks for sharing them.
post #22 of 27
Only one photo showed up for me Just as well though because it was huge.

Hope you had fun
post #23 of 27
Amy those are wonderful pictures

I love dolphins and thats brought back memories of when i fed them in Florida
post #24 of 27
awww dolphiniiiiiiisssss!
post #25 of 27
I adore dolphins!!! One of the greatest moments in my life was when we got to feed dolphins off the boat in Destin, FL. I know I shouldn't encourage feeding them off the boats, but they were so adorable I couldn't resist Great pics!!!

I know the bands of the coral snake are different , but I would never be able to tell the difference! I scrolled down to that pic and about had a heart attack!!!
post #26 of 27
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Just FYI regarding that snake picture: if a snake is red and yellow, RUN because that is a coral snake and it is poisonous. If it has black bands in it (as our little guy did), it's a scarlet kingsnake and not poisonous to humans (though I'm sure they bite if they feel provoked).

Glad y'all enjoyed these pictures I'll be sure to take more pictures next time we go out to feed Betsy and the crew!
post #27 of 27
Wow great pics look like you had a awsome adventure, I really loved the picts of the dolphins and even better of the loggerhead turtle ive got a turtle myself nice to be able to even see an endangered species

Nyzki
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