This pod of spotted dolphins came up to my boat this past May, 2012. We were about 30 miles south of Freeport, TX, in the Gulf of Mexico. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are common here, but this was the first time I had ever seen spotted dolphins in this area. Before they came to visit us, they were actively feeding on fish attracted to an oil and gas platform. Contrary to what some believe, oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have greatly increased fish populations in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico. Managed wisely, the platforms are a great benefit to biodiversity in the area.