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Dolphin Encounter® Update for July 2015
Welcome to the Dolphin Encounter® Update for July 2015.
Once again tours have been quiet due to a combination of bad weather and no dolphins. It’s normal at this time of year for the dolphins to travel further away throughout the winter months, which sometimes takes them beyond our operational area, specified within our Department of Conservation permit.
We pull out all stops to locate dolphins using spotters from land, local fishermen and other commercial tourism operators and we even charter a plane to assist us with our search. Despite such an enormous effort, sometimes it’s to no avail and unsuccessful search efforts can leave people disappointed if we don’t find any dolphins. Unfortunately there’s always a downside, but it’s also the beauty of working with wildlife!! Our tours are based purely on dolphin location and behaviour, but also Mother Nature, which can be somewhat unpredictable during winter (and even summer for that!!!). We always recommend that people gives themselves a few days in Kaikoura, not only to enjoy the district, but also to buy time if the weather or dolphins don’t quite behave as we hope them to.
When we have encountered the dolphins, they’ve appeared to be as pleased as we are at seeing them with some exceptionally friendly individuals seeking out swimmers to engage and interact with them.
Pods encountered have typically consisted of large open-ocean going pods ranging from 200-500 individuals.
The location of the dolphins has been highly varied with dolphins being found one day close to South Bay in areas such as the Punchbowl and Kahutara, whilst the next day they’ve travelled a considerable distance and are located south of the Conway. Travel times each day have changed from 15-60 minutes and gives passengers the opportunity to observe other marine life such as albatross, seals and occasionally a different dolphin species.
So, that’s all our news for now. Till next time..........
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