Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dolphins Checking Out Dogs

Normally a post about Sea World, in my opinion, would be a bit... well, lame. Eveyone knows that there's a Sea World in San Diego, and what it's about.

However, I really wanted to post about this off-the-cuff animal interaction I witnessed while there recently. This dog was one of about 8 that were on a walk in the park, between performing in their own show.

Not one dolphin was near the viewing area of the dolphin pool until the dogs showed up. Then suddenly every single dolphin was front & center in front of the glass checking out the dogs. I also think it's interesting to note that the dogs pretty much didn't get why the crowd was gathering to watch the interaction - they each had an expression like, "what? huh? What's everyone oooh-ing & awww-ing about? I don't get it." lol.

15 Comments:

Blogger Felicia said...

I love this photo! And not your typical Sea World photo either. This "dolphin loves dog behavior" reminds me of how kids "sense" and love other kids.

Thu May 17, 09:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jilly said...

As a 'doggy' person - apart from my DP blogs, I find this fascinating. Very intersting post and good photo. Thankyou. Animals have a way of communicating that is way beyond us.

Thu May 17, 09:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

Don't you wonder what the dolphins are thinking or saying about the dog? I would or I do. I am always asking myself how wildlife communicates. I think they are actually better at it than we are. I love dogs so this is a special post for me.

Thank you for coming to my blog and for your comment there.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Thu May 17, 11:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger isabella said...

I find it fascinating, too. Will do some googling about the dog/dolphin interaction...

Thu May 17, 12:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Chandlermom said...

I love it! and, for the record, I wouldn't mind more pics of Sea World

Thu May 17, 02:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger angela said...

I wish I'd been there to see it and I too think animals communicate very well.
Great photo.

Thu May 17, 02:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Anne said...

This really is a great photo. I've never had much luck attracting dolphins to my corner when we're at Sea World. Perhaps I just need a dog with me.

Thu May 17, 07:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sally said...

What a great shot, and how terrific you could be there to capture it! Also love the idea that the dogs get to go for an 'unwind stroll' between shows.

Fri May 18, 12:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kala said...

Felicia! I love reading your posts - you add a personal experience to the image that is reallly entertaining and fun to read - its interesting and something I would not have know if you had not mentioned! Amazing how curious the dolphins are of the dog - from time to time, I see dolphins as I paddle in the ocean - they are very beautiful creatures and so is your that dog! You've made a respectable image of Sea World =)

Fri May 18, 02:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I love the picture but more its description you gave us. It's fascinating to think that -maybe- animals may interact between themselves.

Fri May 18, 04:25:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous gayle said...

for the record, that photo was by Alexandra (my daughter!), not Felicia...

Fri May 18, 08:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger jules said...

This is interesting. Did the handlers give an explanation?

Fri May 18, 10:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous carstic said...

It is easy to understand why they are so much interesting about the dogs, they are easy to teach stupid movement for the pleasure of humans.

Fri May 18, 10:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kala said...

Gayle! Thanks for that correction!! And please let your daughter, Alexandra, know she did a wonderful job with photographing this!!! Its one of my favorites in terms of content and story behind the picture! Lovely indeed! You all make a great team!

Fri May 18, 11:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Brent McD. said...

one dolphin to another: "those dogs sure are dumb...."
;-)

Mon May 21, 12:17:00 PM PDT  

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