Photos of the Week: Dolphins!
We've had a lot to celebrate this week at National Wildlife, and it's all about water! Not only is this month Dolphin Awareness Month, March 22nd was World Water Day.
The month of March is dedicated to raising awareness about Dolphins. There are approximately 40 species of these aquatic mammals, including marine dolphins, river dolphins, and even some dolphins that are commonly called whales (such as pilot whales and orcas). Dolphins face threats that are often the direct result of human behavior - commercial fishing nets, habitat loss, water quality deterioration, marine pollution, and catastrophic events like the Gulf Oil Spill.
Jean Kohut was on a boat trip to the Channel Islands in California when they encountered several large pods of Common Dolphins. She writes, "while everyone rushed to the front of the boat, I waited patiently in the back alone for this pod to catch up." The California resident used a Nikon D71000 with a 300mm lens.
Jonathan Lavan took this photo of a Bottlenose Dolphin in Mexico's Sea of Cortez while on the way to a dive site. The California resident used a Nikon D90 with an 18-105mm lens.
captured this moment of dolphin strand feeding on Kiawah Island in South Carolina, writing, "This behavior is unique to the sea islands of the Carolinas and Georgia, where a pod of bottlenose dolphins
trap a school of fish by generating a wave that throws the fish onto the beach. The dolphins then beach themselves to feed on the stranded prey." The North Carolina resident used a Canon EOS 7D with a 300mm telephoto lens.
Mark Oronzio made this photo of a Spinner Dolphin pod while diving off the Island of Hawai'i coast, writing they "posed for me as I floated alone in the blue water." The Oregon resident used a Sony HDR-CX7 camera in a light and motion housing.
John Worrell photographed these Pacific White-sided Dolphins while "cruising" in British Columbia's Knight Inlet. The Tennessee resident used a Nikon D3 with a 70-3000mm lens.
While on a trip to Juneau, Alaska, photographer Lori Rothstein was on an expedition to photograph humpback whales when her group was delighted by a pod of surfacing Orcas. The Florida resident used a Nikon D4 with an 80-400mm lens.
John R. Gentile snapped a photo of Common Dolphins in Loretta Bay, Baja del Sur, Mexico, writing about the experience, "We encountered a pod of nearly 2000 long-beaked common dolphins at sunrise, many of them females with calves or pregnant. A good number of these dolphins had remoras attached to them." (Can you see the remora fish in the photo above?!) The Arizona resident used a Canon EOS 7D with a 100-400mm lens.
These photos celebrating dolphins were submitted in our 2015 Photo Contest. Don't forget to check out the Winners and Honorable Mentions, as well as more content about dolphins from NWF.
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