Ft. Walton Dolphins

Dolphin Watching at Ft. Walton Beach

One of our favorite things to do at the beach is to just sit on the balcony and soak in the sights and sounds. Waves crashing against the shore is one of my favorite sounds in the world! It’s especially awesome when we can wake up early (always a challenge in this household!), sit down in a comfortable chair with a Bloody Mary, and watch the still waters before everyone else starts filling up the beach. If we’re lucky, we are rewarded with the peek-a-boo sight of a dolphin or two.

Tuesday was one such day. We woke to almost unnaturally still waters. There was very little breeze, and the waves were soft and gentle. It was early, and there were only a few early risers near the water. It was the perfect conditions for a dolphin sighting, and it didn’t take long before they appeared.

I’ve never seen so many dolphins in one place! We counted at least 8 in one grouping. They traveled in pairs, one fin closely following that of another. They undulated through the water, and we could ocassionally see splashing when they would play with each other or chase after schools of fish. It was a truly amazing sight!

Ft. Walton Dolphins

There were a couple kyackers in the water, and they were lucky enough to get close (the left photo was taken much later in the day when the beach was more crowded).

Ft. Walton Dolphins

Ft. Walton Dolphins

Dolphins and kite flyers weren’t the only wildlife we’ve seen in the area so far. There are several different kinds of birds, the pelican being one of my favorites. This was a luck shot as one flew over my head. I pointed my camera blindly and happened to get it in focus!

Ft. Walton Dolphins

The seagulls here have personalities of their own. I always have to mimic Nemo and chant “mine, mine, mine” when I see one nearby. I’m a dork like that.

Ft. Walton Dolphins

And no post is complete without an adorable photo of a little boy living it up in the waves! Ed captured this one of Alex perfectly.

Ft. Walton Dolphins

Here’s to dolphins. And pelicans. And seagulls. Oh my.

Cheers!

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