Strand Feeding

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Strand Feeding

Ann Coates level-classic 10/12/2011 11:31:03 AM

Interesting and rare sight indeed. I have never heard of this technique of feeding before. #1414769

Joanne E. Bohenstengel 10/12/2011 7:44:56 PM

Very interesting. you learn something new everyday. Super capture.

Nancy Marie Ricketts 10/17/2011 3:14:47 PM

David: This looks like page two as the dolphins make their way up onto the sand-great action shot. This definitely tells a story unto itself. #9741238

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These Bottle Nosed Dolphins are not in any danger. They are "Strand Feeding" This is a learned technique and according to National Geographic it only occurs in a couple of places in the world. The Low Country of South Carolina where I live is one of them. They begin by teaming up and driving the bait fish into a ball and then they drive them to the shore of one of the muddy banks of the salt water marshes. They then flip the bait up onto the shore with their tails, and then they hurl themselves onto the shore to feed. It is an amazing sight to see, and I was lucky enough to capture it with my camera, from my good friend Randy Smith's boat. (Randy is a local Real Estate professional on Hilton Head Island) After they eat they slide back into the water and begin the process all over again. This only occurs at low tide and between now and December.

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 200.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 10/12/2011 10:59:02 AM

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