Taking the Dolphin Express

This morning, Mom and I made our way to Pensacola Beach to catch the Dolphin Express to search for dolphins.  Today, the Blue Angels, based out of NAS Pensacola, had been scheduled to practice, but they had cancelled, we were informed by the captain as we got on board.  We opted for the early sailing (10:30am) though they have afternoon and sunset sailings as well.  For $25 per adult and 12 and under at $15, this is a really reasonable rate for one of these sailings.  You’re out on the water for over 2 hours and the captain and his deck hand work hard to make sure you see dolphins.

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It was a beautiful day to be out on the water.

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Local waterfowl were showing off.

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We cruised by the bridge that links Pensacola Beach to the mainland.  This area is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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We cruised out into the Intercoastal Waterway, listening to a mix of country, pop and reggae. Iced soda and water were provided free of charge, which was wonderful, since the temperature was probably hovering near, if not, 90 degrees F.  With the sun shining through the skimpy cloud cover, sunscreen was a must.

Once we had been out around half an hour, the first pod of dolphins were spotted.

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Eventually, we found some that wanted to play in the wake of the boat.

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Almost looks ghost-like under the water.

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The deck hand, Michael, was informative and genuinely interested in everyone on the boat.  He made quite a few ‘Dad jokes’, but also imparted information on dolphins and their relatives who call the Gulf of Mexico home.  The captain kept an eye out for any dolphins, talking with other boats in the area.

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Caught Mom enjoying the trip.

This outing is one that is appropriate for all ages.  There was a baby on board and kids of all ages.  Adults varied from college students to grandparents.  If you’re ever in Pensacola, make sure you catch a ride with Dolphin Express.  You’ll be glad you did.

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