Bailey Island, ME
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My time in Key West Florida I was able to capture shots such as these dolphins riding the wave created by the bow of out ship. Up here in Maine The Novi I am on now only goes about 8 knots and the dolphins come over but just to investigate.
Bow Riding is when dolphins surf in the wave created by boats and ships. As boats move along the water they create a wave. The dolphins are propelled forward by the wave and they will often twist and turn and even swim upside down as they glide through the water.
Wake Riding is very similar, it is when dolphins swim along and surf in the waves created by the back of boats and ships.
It is not known why dolphins bow ride. At times they may appear to bow ride to get from one area to another; however they have often been seen travelling in one direction and then they will race over to and ride the bow wave of a boat going in the opposite direction.
It is therefore believed that bow riding is something dolphins enjoy doing and often do for fun.
June 23rd, 2013
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