Although the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is one of the most common of the dolphin species, it’s always fun to see one. Last weekend on outing into the Gulf with my family, we had the good fortune to see a pod of several dolphin near our boat. After stopping for a few minutes to get a better look at them as they were feeding, I realized that it was the first time I had actually heard a dolphin. Because I usually see dolphin from the shore, the soundtrack is usually a seagull or two and the sound of the waves hitting beach in the background. On this afternoon, as each dolphin in the group surfaced there was the unmistakable sound of them breathing through their blowholes making it a real treat. This photo was taken about 15 miles off shore of Clearwater Beach, FL.