Monday, January 30, 2006

Montana Travel Reports for 2006, January 30, 2006, Dolphin Watching

South Padre Island is one of our favorite day trips while we are in the Rio Grande Valley, we try to go once or twice during our stay. Below, pelicans on a dock.





We decided to go on a dolphin watching boat ride. We went on one 2 years ago, which we found to be less than wonderful, too many people on the boat and, well, the boat did not smell so good and had a lousy sound system. We decided this time to take a tour boat that only held 6 people. The boat was a pontoon boat, about 30 foot long, enclosed, and comes with its own dolphin findin dog! This cutie could hear the dolphins before we could see them, and she barked away. She is standing on the roof of the boat, she would run from the front to the back, depending on where the dolphin were.



Little Joseph, above, is a shrimp boat, a dying breed they tell us. Look in the water just in front of the bow and you will see a couple of dolphin leading the way to the Gulf of Mexico.


The dolphins come quite close to this 30 foot pontoon boat, much closer than they will to the larger tour boats. Not sure how close these two are, but at times they were within 15 feet of the boat.

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