Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Photo by Justin McManus, from The Age

Oh my God! There were dolphins in the river near my house yesterday! Dolphins! DOLPHINS!!!

For those who don't know, dolphins are not a common sight in the Yarra River, although this isn't the first time they have swum upstream from Port Philip Bay either.

Alas, I didn't see the four bottle-nosed dolphins with my own eyes. Dagnammit! It's so unfair. I walk along that river nearly every single day and I'm always squinting - usually in vain - at every little eddy and protrusion in the water hoping to spot a school of fish or other aquatic creatures.

And finally, when there was something really worth seeing, I missed it! The dolphins were spotted in the Yarra upstream from my house around the time I arrived at work, so I probably just missed them.

But still. Just knowing that there were dolphins in the river fills me with glee.


Small Footprints said...

Wow! How fabulous is that!! I had no idea they would go up a river ... I thought that they were strictly ocean creatures. Once I took a boat ride in the Florida Keys and a pair of dolphins raced along beside us. They were so close that we could almost reach out and touch them. It was thrilling!

I hope you'll get to see them, first hand, soon!

Small Footprints

kate said...

WOW! lucky you to get dolphins in your river! if a dolphin appeared in the river near my house I'd skip out on work until I saw it. But I guess since I work at an aquarium my boss would totally understand....

I hope you get to see them!


Jen said...

How exciting was this? I saw it on the news and just thought it was magic.

Jayne said...

It gives us that little spurt of hope that the river must be decent enough for dolphins to do what they've probably done for years...or it does with me, anyway lol.

Pyzahn said...

Uh, exciting? Yes. But aren't dolphins supposed to live in salt water? Are they going to be okay? Enjoy their joyful presence. They are obviously there for a reason.

a work in progress said...

awesome! first time i went out on the Bay down there when i first arrived in australia a dolphin swam along right beside our tinny - i cried it was so beautiful :)

The Infamous Mrs. BlueBalls said...

I always end up seeing spontaneous things like this and then don't have my camera. A couple of weeks ago on my way to work I spotted a mama bobcat and her litter walking along the street heading towards the hills again. I stopped and watched the sight but was bummed I didn't have my camera to capture the moment.