Rough toothed dolphin encounter with Michael DK
The new segment for the All Things Wild podcast will feature cool and interesting encounters people have had with wildlife. Anyone is welcome to participate, reach out to me on the contact us form or Instagram and Facebook (links below). There is no better way to start out this series than with a wild dolphin encounter. Shout out to Michael DK who provided us with the amazing story and footage! To see more of his awesome underwater photography, check out his Instagram page:
The coolest part for me is the species he encountered. From wanderings on youtube looking at wildlife footage, I long ago came to the conclusion that rough toothed dolphins are AWESOME! They have some of the largest brains of the dolphin family (which is saying something) and just like false killer whales, they show a real interest in humans. In fact, false killer whales and rough toothed dolphins travel with each other frequently. Also similar to false killer whales, rough toothed dolphins (also referred to by fishermen by their scientific name steno) prefer deep waters offshore and are therefore not seen by the public often. Unfortunately, their curiosity and intelligence get them into trouble. They are well known to take fish off lines and on at least a few occasions (probably more), they have been shot at from boats to keep them away from the catch.
Enjoy these awesome photos provided by Michael and his cool story of meeting our ocean counterparts.