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Dolphin Encounter® Update for October 2015
Welcome to the Dolphin Encounter® update for October 2015.
Well we have experienced a variety of weather conditions this month as we get nice warm summary days interspersed with turbulent cold fronts moving through every now and then. We’ve had plenty of fresh snow on the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range and in fact we appear to have had more snow in spring than we received during the winter months!
The dolphins have started moving back into the bay now and have mainly been found in various locations including Punchbowl, Goose Bay and Black Rock. As well as experiencing erratic weather patterns, the dolphin’s behaviour has been very unpredictable. Being completely wild, we do nothing to entice or encourage the dolphins into the area and a common question we’re asked is “do you feed the dolphins?" The answer quite simply is “definitely not”. However, we do need to respect the dolphin’s behaviour and throughout this month, the dolphins have been playful and engaging on the morning tours, but go into “quiet mode” in the afternoon. When we encounter dolphins, we make an assessment on their behaviour, which gives us an indication of what is likely to happen if we put swimmers into the water. Regularly in the afternoons, the dolphins have held their breath avoiding the boat, a clear indication that they don’t wish to be disturbed. We have to respect that and have been unable to swim. We have been able to watch some dolphins, but also introduce passengers to the abundance of other marine life in the area including Hector’s dolphins, albatross and New Zealand fur seals.
We’ve been very busy hosting lots of tour groups for the first half of the month with the commencement of school holidays, hosting passengers from all over the world that have varying swimming abilities. It’s not unusual to have never snorkelled before and in fact we offer a comprehensive snorkelling lesson on board to enable swimmers to master the basics prior to entering the water. For some, they don’t like using a mask and snorkel and we do have some swimming goggles on for those who may prefer to use them but swimmers can enjoy themselves juts as much by using a kickboard, leaving the mask behind, keeping their head above water and enjoying the dolphins above the water.
The water temperature has started to warm up now and is sitting at approximately 12°C. We’ve also started our early 5.30am tours due to popular demand. It’s a great time of day with stunning sunrises, enjoying dolphins in the morning light and a great chance to swim with some energetic duskies. We are still using gloves and boots to keep those extremities warm and the hot chocolate and chicken soup is hugely popular during the photo session.
So, that’s all our news for now. Till next time..........
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