Lunch on the River

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© Lucy Jackalone
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I took this photo on the Homosassa River in Homosassa Florida.
There was a pod of dolphins rounding up mullet to eat. It was a wonderful sight to see.
I submitted this photo to the Save our waters contest for Florida and won 1st place. this was my first photo ever published.

What do dolphins eat?

Bottlenose dolphins eat a wide variety of fishes, squids, and crustaceans depending on their location. They eat approximately 4% to 5% of their body weight in food per day, meaning they spend a great deal of time searching for food and feeding. Dolphins have very large home ranges in which they roam to find food. Often times they are specific plentiful areas that they will return to to feed. If food sources become scarce dolphins will migrate to a new location with a more stablef ood source. Dolphins will feed together or alone; however, feeding generally seems to be behavior that is associated with the pod. Often times dolphins will surround a school of fish and then take turns darting through the middle of the school to feed (Barros and Odell, 1990). Dolphin pod behavior is explained further in the social spacing section of the website.

At times dolphin herds participate in whole-herd searching for food. The herds surround fish using synchronous movements and then individually feed. In addition to whole-herd searches, searching can be conducted by the smaller individual groups of dolphins. This type of searching allows the dolphins to spread out and cover much wider areas. Also, dolphin scouts often break from the group and search for fish. When one dolphin locates a fish and moves towards it, usually the rest of the herd approaches that individual immediately and general feeding begins. The actual technique of catching the fish involved a "carousel" pattern that involves the dolphin swimming around and encircling a group of fish. This feeding behavior demonstrates at least one reason why group formation is important to bottlenose dolphins

19 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (14 Apr 2009):

    fantastic capture!!!

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (14 Apr 2009):

    WOW great timing !

  • Neil Woo

    Neil Woo said (14 Apr 2009):

    wow amazing capture well taken

  • did R

    did R said (15 Apr 2009):


  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (15 Apr 2009):

    excellent capture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Apr 2009):

    Terrific shot!

  • Tammy Espino

    Tammy Espino gave props (16 Apr 2009):

    Awesome timing and capture!

  • ikrema al qudah

    ikrema al qudah said (23 Apr 2009):

    i think that you are a really lucky photographer i like your photos it is extrimly nice

  • Christian Harberts

    Christian Harberts said (26 Jun 2009):

    Well done! It would be interesting to know the location of this shot - I get the impression that its an inlet, with possibly fresh or brackish water?

  • Charidy Bunsa

    Charidy Bunsa gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    great moment!!!!! I'm in Florida too : )

  • Donna Weston

    Donna Weston gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    What a great capture! Beautiful!

  • Rob MacKay

    Rob MacKay gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Outstanding. What a neat thing to see and shoot.

  • Darla Smedley

    Darla Smedley gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    Timing is everything and you nailed it

  • Tanya Rossi

    Tanya Rossi gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    Great shot


    YURY KUZYK said (12 Jul 2009):

    Awesome picture!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (15 Jul 2009):

    Wow Lucy, this is a one in a million shot.....and very worthy of publication. Thanks for sharing it with us!! I love it!!

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (25 Jul 2009):

    That is an awesome capture!!

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (5 Aug 2009):

    Wow! great timing

  • Claudio Schapsis

    Claudio Schapsis gave props (6 Nov 2009):

    Nice catch :-)

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