Of course, Flipper was an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, but don’t expect to spot Sandy Ricks nearby at Roberts Point Park or anywhere in Port A.
Where you see one dolphin in Port A, you’re likely to see more. This is because dolphins, especially bottlenose dolphins, tend to live pods of 10-30.
Although dolphins can fend for themselves when it comes to living and feeding, dolphins are quite accustomed to living in groups of upwards to 1,000 and highly efficient at teaming to feed on large schools of forage fish.
One of the dolphins most associated traits is their emission of clicking sounds, squeaks, and whistles as a way of communication, travel, and protection from prey.
And don’t underestimate the bottlenose dolphin one bit, because they are highly intelligent and very capable of not only being training, but knowledge sharing with other dolphins. This ranks dolphins right up there with us humans and not far behind apes.
Because of this acute acumen, dolphins have been trained by countless militaries for aquatic search. Too, this is one reason dolphins were chosen for aquarium and tv shows such as Flipper.
But one of the things local fisherman and angular may experience when encountered by dolphins, is their cooperation to misguide and drive fish into the nets with their intelligent use of sound and speed, making the fisherman’s job that of much ease.
Dolphins love this sort to stimulated play and problem solving, which makes fishing and helping fisherman a win-win cause for all parties involved, with the exception of the fish.