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Updated: 04/12/2018 08:30:01AM

Don’t feed Flipper

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By Capt. Josh Olive

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As most of you already know, I write two very different columns for WaterLine: One about fishing and one about Florida wildlife. When I picked this topic, I was undecided about which category it should fall into. I settled on fishing, because even though it’s about wild animals, it mostly focuses on the actions of my fellow brethren of the rod and reel.

Tell me if this has ever happened to you: You’re out on the Harbor, catching a few fish, when suddenly you hear a sharp exhale of air. It’s a bottlenose dolphin, aka Flipper, and he’s come to check you out. For the next 30 minutes, he hangs around the boat and eats every fish you let go. Here you are, trying to do the right thing, but not a single one of your released fish survives more than 15 seconds.

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