Is That Flipper? - Pine Island Sound, Sanibel, Florida

Our weeklong stay in Sanibel last month was a well-deserved and relaxing escape from the New England winter. One of the coolest things that we did was to take a boat trip on the Sanibel Thriller. We probably would have missed this adventure if it were not for TripAdvisor, who had it as the number one attraction on Sanibel Island. The boat itself is a fifty-five foot super-catamaran, and two 440 horsepower engines power it. If memory serves me right, it reaches a speed of 40 miles per hour, which allows the boat to fully circle Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The most exciting part of the trip is when the captain spots dolphins, slows down, and maneuvers the boat in a way that has lots of them following alongside the boat. It was quite difficult photographing these beautiful mammals, as you don’t know when and where they would surface. It happens so quickly that I started to manually focus on a spot where I thought they would jump out of the water, and pray that, when they did, they would be in focus. As you can see from this shot, I got this guy near the top of his jump.