Day 61 — Who ate Edd?!

by Katie on March 4, 2010

Dolphins surround Liv

I may or may not have named a few of the dorados that have been following under my boat — Ed, Edd, and Eddie. Today was not a good day for Edd.

As I started to dig around in the hatches for my next meal, I noticed a hungry visitor or two: dolphins. Not as playful as some of the other dolphins I have seen at sea, these were certainly interested in Ed, Edd, and Eddie. So the dolphins circled around my boat and one dolphin emerged minutes later with a dorado in its mouth. I certainly wasn’t going to interject their mission. They were quite possibly the largest dolphins I have seen, longer than my boat and I wouldn’t be surprised if they weighed as much too, especially the way one seemed to inhale a twenty pound fish.

Ten minutes later after they swam off, about seven more dolphins came for dessert. Some swam so close to my boat that I could have easily touched them. Ten minutes more and they were gone and the dorados back doing their belly-flop style splashes. Perhaps it was Ed and Eddie doing a little victory dance (or splash) for out swimming those dolphins.

RIP Edd.


Donnie B March 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Edd is dead yet Flipper is full as the rows on the boat go round and round…

Happy paddles my friend and glad to see/hear you doing great and not surprised to see you ahead of schedule!

Perhaps see you out west soon to enjoy an amazing wildflower bloom and awesome hot spring soak in Death Valley.

Blessings ~*~

Gloria March 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

“….The Circle of Life….”

Jim Ockuly March 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Do you have the Ed, Edd, and Eddy theme song on your iPod?
Today would be a great day to whistle that while you row!
-Jim O

Gordof March 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

So how far are you from where you are going to land ? We are very interested in your progress and when you will get to port !

Eric Maas March 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I have been checkout your map every few days you are hauling ass! Congrats Katie.

- Eric

Mike D March 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Hello Katie!

Gulp! It’s not easy being a little fish in a big pond. Size does matter I think!? Let that be a lesson to Liv next time a huge tanker shows up.
Anyway, life rows on; and you sure got your moneys worth on your visit to the Atlantic aquarium!

Almost home, stay safe!

me March 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm

How close are you??? When do you think you will be arriving? When back in Cleveland ??
Can’t believe you are so close!!! Hurry home… we miss you

Mike D March 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Yo! Who keeps tweeking the blog page? It looks great, but slow down… I’m getting dizzy (or maybe I already was :-\

Mike D March 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Hello Katie!

I hope you’ve been brushing up on your French in anticipation of your expected landfall in Cayenne. If you hear something like this when you tie up, you know you are going to be just fine…

“Bonjour mon ami,
Bienvenue! Les boissons sont de ce côté-ci!”

(Hello my Friend,
Welcome! The drinks are over here!)

Fruit juice only young lady! ;-)

Sorry… Didn’t mean to be a Blog Hog :-\

Carlton Jackson March 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm

You are doing a wonderful job and we cannot wait for your safe return to North East Ohio… and home.

OurAsylum March 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Aw, Katie – our map is gone again. I hope this doesn’t mean that you just row in place while we await its return? That would be dumb.
Can’t wait to hear you’ve made landfall!
- Rachel Ockuly (googling the song Jim talked about. RIP poor, dear Edd)

Annabel W March 5, 2010 at 12:06 am

I can’t believe you saw one of your friends die right in front of you! And those must be some really big dolphins! Have you seen a lot of dolphins? You should come to our school and talk about your journey. Do you think you will miss being at sea when you reach land? You are very close to land!
Annabel (From MICDS)

Jalynn M. March 5, 2010 at 12:06 am

Hi Katie!
You’re such an inspiring person. I’m so sorry Edd died, at least you still have Ed and Eddie the dorados to lure the birds and keep you company untill you reach the end of your voyage.

lexi W. March 5, 2010 at 12:44 am

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Pore, Pore, Edd. You are very good at rowing!!!!!!!!!!! You should off named the dolphins that came, (but watch out little fish they might come again) Have fun rowing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are the birds still coming? Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye!!!

Lexi (MICDS 5th grade)

Sebastian March 5, 2010 at 2:20 am

greetings from Aruba.
been following your trip since the beginning.
2 months have gone by fast. don’t you wish it could last a little longer? hehe ;)
it must be so nice out there.

uncle norm March 5, 2010 at 3:12 am

looks like you’ll make it home by St. Pat’s Day. That would be something to celebrate! How does a corned beef dinner sound?
Uncle Norm & Marge O.

Carol March 5, 2010 at 4:01 am

Poor Edd. My kids were sad to hear that one or “your fish” got eaten!! They are getting excited that you are getting SO close to land. Any idea how far you have to go? We had a fire drill at school today and to keep warm as we came back into the building we “rowed like Katie”. We are going to “row” our spelling words next week. Do you have idea what will be the first thing you will do once you get back to port? We are thinking you will want a nice, long shower – a great meal – and a nice comfy bed to sleep in!!! God speed and keep up the great job!

millerjr88 March 5, 2010 at 4:35 am

Wow! I have been tracking your progress daily and you are one strong rowing machine! Looks like you have around 200 miles left to reach your destination. Keep her pointed west and you will be there in a few days. I’m sure a lot of people join me in wishing we could all wade out into that ocean and give you a big push the rest of the way. But then you would not have done it yourself so I will have to be satisfied with wishing you calm waters, godspeed, and a nice meal of your favorite real food upon your arrival. Best wishes from Orwell, OH Go, Katie, Go!

TJ March 5, 2010 at 4:46 am

Kate – The tragedy of Ed aside, it seems like you are making great headway. Best of luck getting with the final few days… I imagine it can get a little dicey navigating you’re way around edges.


Harriman March 5, 2010 at 7:49 am

Katie, you continue to amaze! The qualities of your strength, courage, stamina, persistence and attitude are virtues that I am certain we all envy. Thank you again for allowing all of us to take part, even in a small way, in this fantastic adventure. I have mixed feelings about you almost arriving at your destination: There are feelings of great happiness that you will have accomplished your goal and will be safe on dry land but then we will miss the experience of following you, your photos and your engaging comments closely throughout your voyage.

btaffee March 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

The end is near. I can’t believe how fast you are going!! You go girl. John says HI.


Michelle Piscopo March 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Katie – your stories are incredible… sorry to hear about Edd… however! I hope you get the chance to read all the comments to your posts. There are a lot of ppl out here who are so PROUD of you and can’t wait to see you back home, again. I am one of those ppl. :) yes, Ed and Eddie’s loss is our gain !!! :) SEE YOU SOON !

tro March 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I feel bad for Edd but we’ll still only buy dolphin-safe tuna.

dharris March 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Warren Wilson mourns your fish friend but look forward to seeing you hit dry land.

Sophia S March 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Hi Katie!
I hope you are not to lonley out there! I Can’t believe that Edd was a little goner! But just curious are you sure it was him and not anotherfish that has no name? Where were the birds when the dolphins came? Maybe they could have saved you rDorado friend. Oh well I hope you make it close to your destinated spot without too much shifting into a whole new place!
Sophia S.

David Walker March 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

May this Irish prayer be a blessing to you today:

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall softly on your fields,
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Yes, may the wind be ever at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly…may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Sue S March 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Sorry for the loss of your friend Edd. . . . .but glad you are safe. . . .and getting so close to land. Every night I get on the Shoreway in Cleveland OH and look at all the snow on frozen Lake Erie and think of you and your incredible row. . . . I also check on you more than several times a day! You are one amazing woman and this has been an fabulors journey for all of us following you. . . . and now that you are close to land. . . .do you dream how nice it will be to sleep in a bed that is not rocking waves . . .perhaps by the time you return, you can even open a window and smell the fresh Srping air. . .Katie, keep rowing. . . we anxiously await your safe return to land and home!

Harriman March 6, 2010 at 4:22 am

Rowing a 1000 lb plus boat at 3 kts? And almost in sight of land !!! You must be really giving it that last sprint effort !!! Katie, you are such an inspiration for everyone. We are so proud of you.

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