Cape Gazette

Keeping a watchful eye out for dolphins

By Ron MacArthur | Jun 06, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Richard Shields first-grader Aanyka Vester whistles to attract dolphins closer to the boat.

All six classrooms of Richard Shields Elementary School first-graders walked from the school to Fisherman's Wharf May 28 on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal for the annual dolphin watch cruise. Students, teachers and chaperones filled two boats and weren't disappointed. Several dolphins were sighted during the trip in the Delaware Bay out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Richard Shields first-graders keep an alert eye out for a break in the water signaling a surfacing dolphin. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Who can resist petting a friendly dog? Surely not this group of first-graders who are (l-r) Dalen Daminger, Anthony Rodriguez, Jake Hutchison, Patrick Donahue and his grandfather, John Donahue. They are petting Capt. H.D. Parson's dog Magic. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Students did get glimpses of dolphins during their trip from the Delaware Bay to the Atlantic Ocean near the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Students Kelis Gibbs, front, Keller Mancari and Nevaeh Copes with first-grade teacher Katie Freer keep vigil on the upper deck of Thelma Dale V.  (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Capt. H.D. Parsons brings Thelma Dale V into port at Fisherman's Wharf. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
As the ship's whistle blows, Mia Gallo covers her ears. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Loaded with students, Adventurer II heads up the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal after the school's annual dolphin watch. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
First-grader Shannon McLaughlin has the wind-blown look as she stands in the bow of the boat. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Students Alex Fitzkee, sitting, and Jacob Gabbard have great seats on the top deck of Thelma Dale V. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
On the way back to the dock, students gather for a game of getting untangled. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Adventurer II motors along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal toward the Parson's dock. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Students Brianna Sordi, Jessica Ellis, Andrew Ward and Olivia Dabbs reach out to pet Magic aboard Thelma Dale V. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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