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Dolphin Encounter® Update for November 2013
Welcome to the Dolphin Encounter® Update for November 2013.
It’s been a fabulous month for dolphins with some larger pods moving into the area. The dolphin’s locations has been varied with travel times ranging from 20-50 minutes. They have been located in areas such as Goose Bay, Black Rock and the Conway and dolphin numbers have reached as many as 400-500 individuals in just one group.
We’ve been fortunate to enjoy crystal clear water with some fantastic dolphin interaction. The clear water has also been an advantage for our new GoPro cameras, which we are now hiring out together with our digital cameras. The GoPro’s have been very successful with swimmers choosing to video their close encounters whilst still being able to watch and enjoy the dolphins at the same time. The GoPro’s are available for hire at a reasonable price of $59 which includes a USB stick downloaded with the video footage at the end of the tour.
It’s a fantastic time of year to come out dolphin swimming or watching. We’re in the main mating season for the duskies and are witnessing some amazing high leaps and jumps as the males chase frantically after the females. It not only provides a great photo opportunity, but also offers an insight into dusky dolphin behaviour. As well as the main mating season, it’s the calving season for these dolphins and we have been steadily seeing an increase in the numbers of calves being incorporated into the main pod. These calves are amazing to watch and captivate the attention of all on board, especially when they bring their calves in to bow-ride. What’s also been a surprise is that some females are actively deviating from their course and taking their calves into a group of swimmers, as if to show the calves what they’ll be able to do when they grow up.
The water temperature is slowly on the increase and sits around 15°C. The thick wetsuits that we provide together with the excitement of the dolphins are a great distraction and for most people, the temperature is much warmer than anticipated.
Orca have visited on 2 occasions this month, although it’s just been a lone bull. We don’t know where the rest of his pod was, but it may be that they were travelling much further offshore. It never really matters how many orca are seen as the impressive nature of these mammals is more than enough. A humpback whale has also been enjoying the company of the duskies this month and on the odd occasion has been seen breaching or pectoral slapping right in amongst the dolphins, clearly enjoying their company or maybe it was a sign for them to stop harassing it.
We now have our full complement of crew for the season and welcomed 2 new guides, Rachel is from the United States and Ruth is from England. They’re both excited to be part of the team and are looking forward to a diverse summer season.
Finally, we said farewell to Malaina, she has been guiding and skippering with us for 6 years and is moving onto new adventures in Kaikoura. We wish her well in her future endeavours.
That’s all our news for now, remember to follow us on Facebook for the very latest happenings at Dolphin Encounter.
So till next time..........
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