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Florida Master Naturalist Winter 2017 newsletter.  Enjoy the article about FGGA!!

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Me and Wayne Adventures-The Hungry Dolphin and the Kayak Fisherman

 

 

 

 

Sitting on a picnic table at Lanark market, I was enjoying watching couples trying to load their boats after spending the day drinking and baking off Dog Island. It’s better comedy than most sitcom TV can offer.

“Hey Bud!” I turned and saw ole’ Wayne quickly walking toward me.

“Tell me something,” he said, “have you ever  seen a dolphin try to grab a fish from a kayak fisherman?”

“Nope. Never heard of such,” was my nonchalant reply.

“Well, Bud, I got pictures. Looka here,” he said and shoved his phone toward me. “Ain’t this something. I was at the barber shop in Carrabelle getting’ my ears lowered when I over heard this fella talking about an aggressive dolphin. His name is Rex Blair. The fella, not the dolphin. And he lives in Panama City Beach. He gets through Carrabelle a lot ‘cause he’s a salesmen for haircutting stuff.

Not pausing for a breath, Wayne continued, “Any way’s, he says he was fishing off the beach there, when he hooks into a nice Bluefish. As he is pulling it into the boat this dolphin shows up. Comes right up to his yak and sticks his head out of the water. He wanted that Bluefish! Rex says he ain’t giving no dolphin his Bluefish. So, he lifts the Bluefish up over his head. And guess what? The dang dolphin goes for it. Imagine that. HE GOES FOR IT, BUD!” 

Finally, Wayne takes a breath, then says, “He’s a bit rattled by this dolphin, so he puts the Bluefish in his fish bag. Out of sight out of mind works for dolphins, too, I guess. He didn’t know ‘til later that his brother in law, Ross Law from Longview, Texas, got pictures.  Petty cool, huh?”

Indeed, it was “pretty cool” and here are pictures. You just never know what a wild animal will do…or what you might hear at the barbershop.

                     


 Thanks to Rex Blair and Ross Law for sharing this with ole Wayne and the rest of us.

Me and Wayne is a work of fiction. All incidents, dialogue, and all characters are products of the author’s imagination. Any similarities to any person, living or dead, is merely coincidental. However, in this instance, Rex Blair did experience this encounter with a dolphin and Ross Law did take these photographs.