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July 20, 2012 - Dolphins in Rio South Texas

Posted: 07/20/2012
Author: Raudel Garza
 

 

My 4 year old son is off on another adventure today. He and his classmates traveled to South Padre Island this morning to hop on a boat to go dolphin watching. Hope he learns from the dolphins, but I’m not sure he’ll get most of what dolphins are all about. 
Bottlenose and spinner dolphins are what he’ll probably see. He’ll see dolphins in pods. Pods can be anywhere from 10 to 100 dolphins. I have never seen 100 dolphins together at South Padre, but you never know. Dolphins have interesting ways of catching their food. One of the most common ways is by corralling a school of fish. Once the dolphins have encircled the fish, they take turns one by one (or sometimes two at a time, depending on the pod and school size) going through the middle of the school of fish and eating/swallowing until they have their fill. Dolphins are another great example of how nature teaches that teamwork is tantamount to survival. Without this teamwork, most dolphins wouldn’t eat their requisite amount of food and would perish.
Our communities can learn a bit from these dolphins. We need to make sure we work together as a team, corral our prospects, and land the deals (eat our fish). As a team, RSTEC is getting its act together. We are learning to communicate with each other, and are starting to corral our fish. The eating will commence soon. And yes, we will take turns, and everyone will have their fill. At least that is my hope and prayer.
For those communities that are not part of RSTEC, I hope they survive, but chances are things are tougher alone. They have to spend more money to get the same message out. They have to use more resources than our dolphins in our pod. The average lifespan for a dolphin is 17 years. But dolphins can live to be about 50 years old. I bet those old dolphins are part of a great POD! And I hope Joseph comes home today with a great story!