For reasons unbeknown to me, I have always loved dolphins. As a kid I had a pair of gold dolphin earrings I always wore, I had a dolphin Barbie toy that I loved and on a family vacation to Hawaii I got to swim with them, which was pretty much a dream come true for me. So when my friend Ben, who's an oceanography major, asked if I wanted to tag along to a dolphin research session he was helping with last week I happily agreed.
|Autumn day in Australia|
|Mornington Beach, Melbourne|
|Prime dolphin-spotting location!|
|Strolling on the beach|
|The volunteers, hard at work|
|Ben and binoculars|
|Not a bad end to the day.|
They only saw one dolphin all day, which of course I missed when I took a break to walk along the beach. Still, a sunny day spent by the sea, binoculars in hand, helping search for one of my favourite animals... it could be worse.