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Dolphin Encounter® Update for June 2016
Welcome to the Dolphin Encounter® update for June 2016.
Traditionally June is an unpredictable month in terms of winter weather, but the conditions have been so mild, that we have been able to operate tours on most days. It’s hard to believe that we’re in winter with glorious sunshine and relatively calm seas. It’s great for dolphin swimming, but perhaps not so good for bringing snow to the ski fields!
Tourism numbers for New Zealand steadily continue to rise with recent statistics showing that visitors to New Zealand increased this month by almost 11%, the highest statistic recorded for June visitor’s on record. So it really has been a bumper year so far and a magical opportunity to introduce tourists to the amazing marine life Kaikoura has to offer.
Dusky dolphins this month have been numerous and found in a variety of locations such as Goose Bay, Conway and even north of the Peninsula. Numbers of dolphins have ranged immensely from 200-700. It’s been an awesome sight especially with the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Seaward Kaikoura mountain range.
Common dolphins have been seen amongst the pod, which is quite unusual for this time of year. Common dolphins are mainly seen in summer, but it’s always great to see a different species of dolphin hanging out with the duskies. Although we typically don’t see common’s interacting with swimmers, they love to bow-ride with even the odd individual leaping out of the water, a highly unusual occurrence indeed.
The dusky dolphins have been enjoying the company of their larger cousins this month, with a few humpback whales slowing down and checking the duskies out on their annual migration. Dennis has been out filming duskies and has had some phenomenal experiences with humpbacks spyhopping where they lift their head out of the water, which is believed to be a way of checking their surroundings out.
We’re still running our Hanmer Springs promotion. For those booking a successful tour with Encounter Kaikoura direct or through the Kaikoura I-site, passengers will be issued with a voucher entitling them to free entry at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. A great way to relax and warm up after a refreshing tour on the Pacific Ocean.
So, that’s all our news for now...till next time..........
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