Common Dolphins and Birdsong wish you a happy new year!
I have the good fortune of seeing common dolphins several times a month off the coast of Southern California. I encountered hundreds of them off the coast of Dana Point, CA over this holiday season; and I couldn’t think of a better way to wish you a happy new year than to share this photo that captures their playful spirit.
Common dolphins earned their name because they are “common” to all oceans in the world. They are beautiful animals that often travel, hunt and socialize in large pods of a hundred or more. We have a population of about 450,000 common dolphin off the coast of California, so they are very dear to me. Their cooperative and playful nature always brings joy to my heart and inspires me to squeal, whistle and sing. And sing I often do, sharing my dolphin song “Clickety-Clack” with the children on the boat!
My wish for each of you this year is that you play, sing and learn about all that makes you curious and brings you joy. I wish you a sense of wonder about the animals, plants and people around you. I wish many opportunities to spend time outside and feel the natural world around you…because wherever you are, wherever you live, you are an important part of this great big web of life.