Cape Gazette

Shields students keep an eye out for dolphins

Jun 13, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Students aboard Adventurer II pass the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and keep a watch out as they near the ocean.

A dolphin watch cruise on Parsons' boats has become an end-of-the-school-year tradition for Shields Elementary School first-grade students. Each year students leave Fisherman's Wharf for a cruise out of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, through Roosevelt Inlet and out into Delaware Bay.

Teachers say some trips are better than others. Most years, dolphins come up to play near the boats. This year, dolphins were spotted, but only in the distance.

Darius Weldon keeps his eyes fixed on the water just in case a dolphin breaks the surface. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bryna Conley scans the Delaware Bay horizon looking for dolphins. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
May McClean enjoys her ride on the Thelma Dale. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Adventurer II is filled with Shields first-graders taking part in the annual dolphin watch cruise. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shields first-grade teacher Paula Hydro gets her sea legs just long enough to take a photograph. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Wearing pink sunglasses, Kate Reist looks over the railing for dolphins. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
First-graders Dylan Baker, left, and Ellis Jack are ready just in case they spot some sea life. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Students and parents strain for a view after Capt. H.D. Parsons announces a dolphin sighting. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
First-graders gather on the bow of the Thelma Dale to get a better view of the Delaware Bay off the coast of Cape Henlopen State Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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