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 in pods of 10-30.
Although dolphins can fend for themselves when it comes to living and feeding, they are pretty accustomed to living in groups of over 1,000 and are highly efficient at teaming to feed large schools of forage fish.
One of the dolphins’ most associated traits is their emission of clicking sounds, squeaks, and whistles to communicate, travel, and protect from prey.
And don’t underestimate the bottlenose dolphin one bit because they are brilliant and capable of being trained and sharing knowledge with other dolphins. This ranks dolphins right up there with us humans and not far behind apes.
Because of this acute acumen, countless militaries have trained dolphins for aquatic search. 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 in misguiding and driving fish into the nets with their intelligent use of sound and speed, making the fisherman’s job easier.
Dolphins love this sort of stimulated play and problem-solving, which makes fishing and helping fishermen a win-win cause for all parties involved, except for the fish.