Amazing Archers at the Olympic Games

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Just as how pleasurable is watching  dolphins frolicking out in the open water to display their wit and intelligence in performing acrobatic tricks, such is the way of great amazing archers overwhelming display of their targeting skills.

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Hubert Van Innis of Belgium- the greatest archer of all time

His excellent performances made him known as the best all-time performing archer at the Olympic Games. He had proven his might by winning six gold medals and three silver medals between the successful years 1900 and 1920. His incredible passion in archery made him the most successful man of Olympic history. This is pretty awesome to note. Two thumbs up for the first Belgian to win an Olympic Gold. Indeed, he is the greatest archer with a fantastic golden arrow.

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Kim Soo-Nyung of South Korea- the supreme Olympic Archer

She has been known as “the star of the Korean team“. This world-dominating archer is now a double gold medalist. Her incredible performance led her to be nicknamed “The Viper”.

Park Sung-Hyun of South Korea- meet the Greatest Olympic Archer of the 21st Century

Her terrific skills made her won a gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Her deep appreciation of archery made her share her thoughts and inspirations. She considered the Olympics as the best memories of her life. For her, the memories are always and will always be overwhelming, exciting and unforgettable.

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Matilda Howell of USA- meet the Competitive Archer in the Early Twentieth Century

At the  1904 Summer Olympics, She was an incredible American archer who won three gold medals in archery. Her 17 national championships out of the 20 competitions set her the most coveted golden record of success in American Olympics.

Overwhelming victories! Fantastic performance! The acts of excellence that create accomplishments a country can be proud of. 

 

 

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5 Dolphin Watching Destinations in Florida

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There are many places to see dolphins in Florida. And when you go seek them out you’ll likely have the added pleasure of seeing whales as well. Our personal picks of places to go for dolphin watching are out in open waters – at the ocean where we feel that they are at their happiest. There is something inexplicable about watching dolphins and whales frolic out in open water. Some tour operators even offer swimming with dolphin experiences. There are also eco-tours where tourists can kayak in areas known for dolphin sightings. If you’re looking for places to go for a dolphin watching adventure, here are some of the many you can find in Florida:

1. Destin

Dolphins are naturally playful and you don’t have to find trained ones in marine parks to witness their acrobatic displays. Their spontaneous frolicking can be a constant source of amazement and awe for people who are lucky enough to watch up close. There are many dolphins to see in Destin. And they have been known to swim near the touring boat so you can see them much closer than you might think.

2. Everglades City

Everglades City is a great place to visit for nature enthusiasts who might be on the lookout for some adventures. Here you can go kayaking and let your efforts be rewarded with sightings of dolphins and other marine species.

3. Fort Pierce

Take a tour from Fort Pierce where it’s guaranteed that you’ll see a lot of dolphins. The area where the tour takes you is known for being a feeding and breeding haven for dolphins in the wild. The tour will take about two hours but you can make arrangements for longer tours if you want.

4. Key West

Key West is home to several dolphin watching activities. Locals and tourists alike can take their pick of places that best fits their preferences. There are interactive experiences where people can see dolphins up close. There are also tours that only allow tourists to watch from a distance. Other tour operators include snorkeling activities with dolphin watching adventures thus allowing tourists to swim with the dolphins if they want to. Regardless of your choice, the time you spend setting out on a boat to catch a glimpse of some dolphins will likely be rewarded as you watch them play near you.

5. Space Coast

Space Coast is known for its kayaking tours. You can head out from the beach or sign-up for a kayak tour with one of the operators in the area. Indian River and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is the best place to find dolphins. If you’re lucky, they may even approach you. Some of the dolphins you’ll encounter are naturally inquisitive and trusting of humans so enjoy and be responsible around them.

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Why we should care about dolphins

Dolphins in general are not yet among the most endangered species, except probably for the river dolphins. But just because they’re not nearing the brink of extinction at the moment doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about their plight.

There have been ethical issues raised about dolphins in captivity many of which are trained to provide educational experiences. Dolphin experiences in controlled environments have helped promote awareness about the specie. Many children have learned from their interactions and close encounters with dolphins.

But captivity has found to have negative effects on dolphins. For this reason, many support conservationists’ call for more ethical practices in dealing with dolphins. We are not experts on wildlife conservations. But we are passionate about dolphins. This is why we believe that understanding them more could help in raising awareness on how to better care for them in our own little ways. Here are some videos about dolphins that could make you rethink the way you view them:

1. Dolphins: Even Smarter Than You Thought – Nat Geo Live

There have been many references about dolphins’ incredible intelligence. The 1996 film Flipper has endeared the dolphin to many people who have watched it. The amazing displays of smarts have sparked more interest about his kind. Researchers have likewise noticed intelligence in their subjects. Many have remarked on dolphins’ abilities to learn tricks. And you don’t have to look far than the ocean theme parks that feature dolphin shows. Part of what makes these shows popular, especially among children is the fascinating displays of abilities and tricks dolphins learned from their trainers. This clip from National Geographic explains why dolphins may even be smarter than we think they are.

2. The Cove | Film Trailer | Participant Media

The Cove Movie Extended Clip – Taiji

These movie trailers are about a documentary film released in 2009. The Cove is an award-winning film that is raw and heartbreaking. It was also controversial given the difficulties filmmakers encountered to create the movie. It tells of the dolphin hunting activities in a town in Japan, which was kept secret from outsiders. The lucrative hunting practices had the support of many of the townspeople, which made filming it even more challenging. It is a difficult movie to watch, especially at the part when the horrible slaughter of the dolphins was shown.

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Dolphin Watching Tips: Responsible Ways to Watch Dolphins

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Here at Florida Dolphin Watch, we believe that the best ways to have a dolphin experience is to watch them at their natural habitat. While many dolphins in captivity are well-taken cared for by their caretakers, they are still constrained by their surroundings. The interactions they have with humans who feed and play with them can also affect their wellbeing and ability to survive in the wild if they get the chance to go back to the oceans where they came from.

One of the best ways to help dolphin and wildlife conservation efforts is to promote responsible dolphin watching activities and behaviors. Here are some simple ways to do that:

Choose the right tour operators

Look for dolphin watching tour operators that support ethical practices. Preferably, find those that advocate conservation efforts and not just see the tours as purely business. They should equally be invested in protecting the dolphins from irresponsible behaviors during the tours. With the trip

Support knowledgeable guides

Find skippers or tour guides who are knowledgeable about dolphins. A good dolphin watching experience is when you get off the boat knowing more about dolphins than when before you started with the trip. These are the kind of people and business that you would want to put your money into.

Verify affiliations

There are some operators who may not be honest or straightforward when citing affiliations. Some just put names of trusted organizations even if they are not bona fide members. If you want to confirm such memberships, make time to check the websites of the organizations cited to see if the tour operator is listed.

Take note of irresponsible practices

Observe the skipper’s behaviors when moving towards sighted dolphins. The least you can do is to take note of irresponsible behaviors that could potentially put dolphins at risk so you can make a report to the proper authorities after your tour.

Be more selective during peak season

Avoiding the crowd during the peak season could also mean missing out on the many sightings you can have during that period. One of the downsides of the busy season is that some tour operators become short-handed when it comes to fielding their most knowledgeable and experienced crews. They may resort to allowing less responsible skippers or guides to handle tours to accommodate the influx of tourists. The best thing you can do is to be more selective in picking an operator to ensure that you do not become part of unethical dolphin watching activities or practices.

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Florida Dolphin Watch is a group of individuals who share a passion for dolphin and dolphin watching. We are "chasing dolphins" not only for the satisfaction of seeing them in the wild. We also advocate ethical ways of participating in this activity and wish to bring attention to the benefits of supporting efforts that help in wildlife conservation. This blog is about dolphin watching and tips that could make this activity more fun and meaningful.

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