I captured some beautiful images of dolphin, more commonly known as mahi-mahi, last year off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. I was thrilled when Florida Sport Fishing Magazine featured some of my dolphin images in the May 2010 issue.
Every year dolphin migrate from the Virgin Islands and reach South Florida sometime at the end of April or the beginning of May. There are quite a few dolphins that are in the 40 to 60 lb. range, so sport fisherman from around the globe visit Florida during this time of year. These fish are among some of the most eye-catching in the ocean because of their bright turquoise, yellow and green patterns. Dolphins often change hue, but the striking color quickly fades upon death.
Dolphins are fast growing and have a very short life span that is typically about four to five years. Males live longer and grow larger than females and you can identify the mature males by their blunt foreheads while females have rounded heads. When dolphins are younger, they travel in large groups and can be found near seaweed or other floating debris. As dolphins age, they tend to travel alone or in very small groups.
Pick up a copy of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine or visit the Jason Arnold Collection website to check out more dolphin images.