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Dolphins sightings are hit and miss on the Chesapeake. Some years they're pretty common, some years you won't see a one.

A couple of years ago I was crewing on a friends boat for the spring series. It was blowing pretty good that day and I was grinder. We had just tacked and I was standing over the winch with the boat really heeled over and the rest of the crew was either seated or headed to the high side as I cranked away with my head almost out over the water. All of a sudden a porpoise surfaced and rolled on his side to have a look at me. It surprised me so that I stopped grinding and looked around but no one else saw him. I kinda' felt like I'd just seen a UFO, so I didn't say anything until he showed back up a while later with a couple of buddies and proceeded to put on a show.

They are really cool creatures to see in their element.

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That video is made of awesome, man. Thanks for sharing. I hope to have that experience myself in the future!
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Cool video, but I believe those are DOLPHINS, not PORPOISES. Dolphins have a longer snout than do porpoises and are generally larger overall.
Actually, they're all porpoises. Cetaceans, to be precise, which includes Flipper, Moby Dick and Shamu. A dolphin is actually the fish, tastily known as mahi-mahi.

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Actually, they're all porpoises. Cetaceans, to be precise, which includes Flipper, Moby Dick and Shamu. A dolphin is actually the fish, tastily known as mahi-mahi.
Sorry Jaschrumpf... but porpoises are a different family than dolphins.

Technically, they're all Cetaceans, since Dolphins, porpoises and whales are all in the order Cetacea but Dolphins are in the family Delphinidae, where porpoises are in the family Phocoenidae... Killer whales or Orcas are actually the largest member of the dolphin family and not whales technically, despite their name.

The Mahi-Mahi or dorado is often called a dolphin but is a fish... not a mammal.

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I believe jaschrumpf to be correct but who ever heard of the Miami porpoises.
I had 3 of these lovely creatures just a couple feet off my stern on a sail across Galveston Bay this past summer. I set the autopilot and hung on to the stern rail for about 10 minutes, totally entranced in their beauty and grace. I relished in the fact that this is something a power boater would never get to enjoy.
Smack...if you get tired of seeing a catfish or two, rolling over in your beautiful lake...come on down. We'll go check out the porpoises. It will have to be when the weather warms as I have not seen one in the bay since October.
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I wish we would have seen a ton of dorado =) I would have pulled out my fishing tackle. A guy sailing next to us hooked up with a good size thresher shark while trolling... and we did see some porpoise too... and two pilot whales... Sorry for my juggling of porpoise and dolphins. Those are common dolphins in the video and there have been literally thousands around lately.
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Nerdfiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!!!

Just kidding. Seriously, I'm just kidding.

YJ - I want to see you juggle some dolphins and porpoises. I'd pay good money for that and a bottle of Mezcal!
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I believe jaschrumpf to be correct but who ever heard of the Miami porpoises.
I had 3 of these lovely creatures just a couple feet off my stern on a sail across Galveston Bay this past summer. I set the autopilot and hung on to the stern rail for about 10 minutes, totally entranced in their beauty and grace. I relished in the fact that this is something a power boater would never get to enjoy.
Smack...if you get tired of seeing a catfish or two, rolling over in your beautiful lake...come on down. We'll go check out the porpoises. It will have to be when the weather warms as I have not seen one in the bay since October.
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Dude, I owe RTB and JohnShasteen a sail, but I'll put you on the dance ticket as well. However, if you're wearing a dolphin suit when I get there, I'm walkin' on by. Just sayin'.
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That's a site we miss from when we were cruising. Every passage we did from North Carolina south to FL we had pods jumping off our bow for hours at a time. What a thrilling experience!

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