NATURE NICHE: Snorkeling with Rozzi the dolphin dog

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Summer is just around the corner and we are wishing for some blue water this year. Last year was lacking in clear snorkeling water around our favorite places such as the jetties and the old causeway.

It just didn’t happen.

Usually we get a few days of clear water every year. We never know when it will arrive. You just have to watch and get out there when it does happen. One year we were able to snorkel around the entire south jetty beginning to end.

We were able to snorkel dolphin cove and that part of the jetty and the end of the north jetty. Not only were we all out there snorkeling or diving, there were lots of spear fishermen out there, too. How so many of us wish we could have more days for all this. It also allows us to pick up a lot of trash and fishing line stuck in the rocks under the jetties. And, of course, Rozzi the dolphin dog becomes Rozzi the snorkeling dog. He likes to go for a ride. I imagine he would sit on the back of a dolphin (as shown here) if he had the chance.

So here is to clear water wishing for this summer. But most of all I love the clear water so I can see our dolphins under the water as they play with each other from my boat. Yesterday, Mohawk and her new boyfriend Tweedee were just rolling around together in the fairly clear water, not snorkeling water, but getting their water, and it was clear enough – maybe five feet – so that I could see her scar tissue on her head from another injury when she was a baby. She is becoming a teenager and though still petite, she is healthy and strong and it was great to see her. She is the one that we rescued from fishing line entanglement in 2009. She was just a baby then.

Her brother A&W was there with her and he has always been very protective of her. She didn’t stay long with them, losing interest soon enough and joining up with the mother group nearby.

So here is to clear water. Mama mia, it’s our nature niche.

Editor’s Note: Scarlet Colley is the director of the Sea Life and Nature Center located on 110 N. Garcia St. in Port Isabel. Call (956) 299-1957 or visit Scarlet on Facebook at Dolphinwhisper.

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