Saturday, November 17, 2018

New Book Introduces Marco’s Dolphin Residents


Master Naturalist and author, Bob McConville

Master Naturalist and author, Bob McConville

Master Naturalist Bob McConville has done it again- sharing the magic of Mother Nature through photographs and stories from his personal experiences.

This time Bob introduces readers to the magical world of dolphins- with an in depth look at those living right here in our local waters.

In his first book, “Beyond The Mangrove Trees,” Bob offered an up close look at a wide variety of South Florida wildlife. The book, which showcased everything from bald eagles to loggerhead turtles, was very well received. Although “Beyond The Mangrove Trees” contained an impressive 11-page spread on dolphins, people told Bob that they wanted more.

 

 

This was the catalyst for “Beneath The Emerald Waves,” Bob’s second book, which is entirely about area dolphins. With a creative twist, dolphin Sintas and her calf Fireball narrate the story. “It’s an opportunity to take a pair of dolphins known in our area and walk the public on a journey, through their eyes, and imagine what a dolphin life is like,” Bob says. A total of 37 resident dolphins are showcased.

Bob has garnered an incredible amount of knowledge as a member of the Dolphin Survey Team on Marco Island. “Beneath The Emerald Waves,” is not just filled with stunning images of dolphins swimming, jumping and playing. Bob also intertwines scientific information and facts in a fun and interesting manner.

Sydney, an adult female, is identified by the markings on her dorsal fin. She gave birth to Jing Jing in 2010. Photos by Bob McConville

Sydney, an adult female, is identified by the markings on her dorsal fin. She gave birth to Jing Jing in 2010. Photos by Bob McConville

A number of his photos capture interactions between mother dolphins and their calves, who stay with their mothers for at least three years before venturing out on their own. Bob tells us, “The strongest bond in the water is between a mom and her calf.”

Many visitors, and even some residents, have never seen a dolphin before. Bob’s favorite thing is to take them out on the water and change that. “It’s like Christmas morning for me, over and over again, watching the excitement on their faces. It’s also an opportunity for me to pay forward the education that I have been given.”

Four-month-old Jordan, Jing Jing’s first calf, makes Sydney a grandmother!

Four-month-old Jordan, Jing Jing’s first calf, makes Sydney a grandmother!

Bob offered some advice on how we can help our local dolphins: “Don’t feed them. They are wild and we have a chance to visit them in their neighborhood. We are guests in their house and we should respect that. Mother Nature will take care of them.”

“Beneath The Emerald Waves” can be purchased at Rose Marina, Marco Island Florist, Sunshine Booksellers, Your Family Home, Office City or online at www.steppingstoneecotours.com.

Bob’s regular column, “Stepping Stones,” can be found in this issue of Coastal Breeze News and online at coastalbreezenews.com.

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