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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 - 115 Dolphin and whale watching cruises setting sail in Lewes By Gina Kaye The sun was hot and the breeze was light as the Fisherman's Wharf Dolphin and Whale Watch ship crept slowly out of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, carrying passengers with hopes of spotting exciting wildlife. Captain Tom Haley has piloted the dolphin whale cruise for seven years and is very learned about these sea creatures. As he navi- gated Thelma Dale IV through the canal and out to sea, he instructed travelers to keep their eyes peeled for a "clump of blubber" or water- spout. The cruiser inched forward while passengers finished lather- ing up sunscreen and sat back to relax and enjoy the sights of Lewes from the water. Onlookers waved as Thelma Dale picked up speed. Finally out to se, the ship jet- ted ahead and excitement mount- ed onboard as the ocean breeze whipped by. Lewes Beach looked like a sliver of cake with rainbow jimmies as it faded off into the distance. Haley said he always calls New Jersey as he makes his way out of the bay to see if there is a recent sighting and follows their lead. If not, he uses his sense of naviga- tion to find dolphins and whales. He said he is always eager to see whales. "We saw a 40-foot humpback whale breach the water and turn to the side with its flipper up," Haley said. "It was so exciting." Haley said whales native to the area are fin whales and humpback whales. Fin whales have long, dark gray bodies with white undersides and are easily spotted by the fins that stick off their backs. They weigh an average of 100 tons and are about 82 feet long. Humpback whales are dark with white flippers and are named for the large hump of fat on their backs. They weigh about 45 tons and are usually 50 feet long. Haley said dolphins commonly spotted during the cruise are coastline dolphins and offshore dolphins. He said coastline dolphins can reach 500 pounds, while offshore dolphins tip the scale at 1,400 pounds. "Dolphins are found swimming in pods of two to 18 dolphins or herds of a hundred dolphins," said Haley as he checks his meter and positions. Haley receives word that a humpback whale was spotted 15 miles away. He thrusts the ship into top gear in pursuit on the po- sition. Passengers anxiously probe the ocean for a fin or waterspout as the ship bobbles over the rolling water. Moving around the boat while in full speed is difficult for people unaccustomed to the water, but for first mate Stacy Stubbs it is like walking on pavement. Stubbs has been working on the dolphin and whale cruise boat for Bethany Boardwalk Arts to celebrate 25 years The Bethany Beach Board- walk Arts Festival returns Satur- day, Sept. 6. Now in its 25th year, the event, presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, showcases the work of more than 90 regional fine artists and crafters against a backdrop of sun and surf. The festival runs from I0 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features jewelry, glass- ware, pottery, painting, baskets and woodworking. Exhibitors include favorite lo- cal artists like Laura Hickman, Jennifer Carter, Carol Dyer and Barbara Deitrick, and artists from as far away as Florida and Minnesota. There will also be a silent auc- tion on the bandstand stage with work donated by participating mists. The auction starts at 10 a.m., with bidding closing at 3 p.m. Silent auction purchases may be made by cash, check, MasterCard or Visa. The auction benefits the arts programs at the four local elementary schools. The event is free to the public. Metered street parking is avail- able as well as parking in the Christian Church Conference Center lot at Route 1 and GarfieM Parkway (donation sug- gested). Toll Broers at Bethany Lakes is the lead sponsor for this event; other sponsors include Re- sortQuest Realty, "Delaware To- day" magazine and the "Wave" and "Beachcomber" newspapers. Sussex Democrats to host annual Jamboree Aug. 23 The annual Sussex County Democratic Party Jalnbore will be held beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Cape Henlopen State Park. The cost of the event is $10 per person, with children under six admit- ted for $5. The event will feature elected officials, candidates, music by JT Cruise food, fellowship and door prizes. Includedin the price are grilled hot dogs, watermelon, fried chicken, sausage with peppers, veggie wraps, homemade desserts, soft drinks and water. All Democrats are invited. For tickets and information, call Charlotte at 539-4999. two summers and said she is plan- ning on coming back next year. She said she loves seeing the sea life and she really enjoys the sense of enthusiasm on the ship. "It is so fun to see people get excited about seeing the dolphins and whales," she said while Haley continued to move the ship to- wards the reported sighting. Although Haley tried to reach the sighting spot in time, the whale had already left the surface of the sea. By the end of the three-hour trip no one caught a glimpse of a whale, but the group seemed refreshed from the ride and hopeful that they saw dol- phins playing in the distance. Nevertheless, Haley said seeing dolphins in the distance does not warrant a dolphin and whale cruise and gave everyone a free pass to take another ocean adven- ture. Free passes are given out at the captain's discretion if passen- gers were not able to watch dol- phins swim. "I have to give at least an hour of commentary about the dolphins while passengers watch them swim," he said. "I like people to Gina Kaye photo Captain Tom Haley has piloted the dolphin whale cruise for seven years and is very learned about sea creatures. walk away knowing as much as they can about dolphins and have some level of satisfaction." Dolphin watch cruises run sev- en days a week at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The rides last two hours and cost $20 per person and $10 for children ages two and under. The dolphin and whale watch tours are Children's Theatre of Dover has full lineup of sh )ws The Children's Theatre Inc. of Dover and Kent County has an- nounced its play season for 2003- 04, which will begin with audi- tions for the first show on Sept. 2 and 3. The first production will be "Legend of Pocahantas," by Vera Morris, directed by Marjorie Ressler. This show will hit the stage at Wesley College, Dover, at the end of October. The second production, also di- rected by Marjorie Ressler, will be "A Christmas Carol," which is an adaptation written by Ted Ressler and revived from several years ago. That show will be performed in mid-December. Patricia Beetschen will direct the third show, which is the classic tDNIX)N lmGLAm "Prince and the Pauper." The pro- duction will be staged in February 2004. Rounding out the season will be "Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures," di- rected by Ted Ressler and set for late April. Adults, youth and families in- terested in purchasing a season ticket may do so by contacting Di- ane Radnich of the Children's Theater board of directors at 302- 678-3227. Season tickets are $20 for adults (ages 12 and older) and $12 for those age 11 and younger. This season will mark the ninth consecutive year of theater for the Children's Theater, For more information or to make reservations, call 302-678- 3227. three hours and run daily at 11:30 a.m. The dolphin and whale cruises cost $25 per person and $15 for children two and under. For more information about the Fisherman's Wharf cruises call 645-8862. .__Y_._... I OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN Boardwalk & Virginia Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE 226-0920 PERSONAL TRAINING AVAILABLE NOW OFFERING TANNING MASSAGE AVAILABLE 7 l00ays a Week Call us to subscribe! [ 645-7700 introduces... 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