Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

There are times, when I wish I could just get in the water and dive.  I’ve been lucky over the years with opportunities to dive in a ton of great warm water locations such as Bermuda, Guadalupe Island, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Bahamas, Mexican Cenotes, La Paz, Roatan Island Honduras, Curacao, Aruba…just to name a small few.  I’ve also been very lucky to have had experiences diving all kinds of ship wrecks in a number of Great Lakes places like Mackinaw Straits, Whitefish Point, Lexington, Munising, etc…..  In short, they have all been amazing in their own way and I truly love diving.  When I can combine my three favorite hobbies of scuba diving, photography and travel together; it is even better…especially if my wife (and best friend) is with me.   

I got to dive at Christmas while we were in Miami, but sitting here tonight, diving is all I can think about.  I wish I could go tonight, but it will have to wait until my next trip, which includes stops in places like St. Maarten, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia.  I know I’ve got some great diving ahead of me…. I just need to wait….  So in the mean time, I’ve been looking through some of my diving pictures.  Which probably doesn’t help my desire to dive tonight.

So tonight’s picture is of a wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphin that I took a picture of while on an ocean crossing aboard a charter dive boat going from Fort Lauderdale to the west end of Bahamas.  As we were traveling, we saw a pod of five dolphins swimming near our boat.  That’s all it took, we grabbed our mask, fins, and snorkel (I also grabbed my camera) and we all jumped in the water.  We got a wonderful 30 minutes of playtime with the dolphins.  They stayed until they got bored of us and then took off.  It was a great life experience and I’ll remember it always.

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