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Here a Dolphin There a Dolphin
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On our first trip we had an amazing interaction with dolphins. We spent the first hour searching and searching for the dolphins, and then out of nowhere two dolphins popped up in front of us. We followed them for a little bit and then two more dolphins joined us. After about 15 minutes spent with these 4 dolphins we came across a pod of about 20 dolphins. The dolphins were swimming under and around the boat, eating little fish in the water, and breeching all around.

We were able to get everyone in the water to have a look and then got to spend a little more time viewing them from the bow. We would have to say it was a great start to the season here in the beautiful Bay of Plenty and we cannot wait to have more epic days like this!

Come and join us on Dolphin Seafari and check out firsthand what the Bay of Plenty has to offer!

Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

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December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

thumb IMG 1039 1024-714 

December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

thumb IMG 1039 1024-714 

December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

thumb IMG 1039 1024-714 

December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

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December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

thumb IMG 1039 1024-714 

December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

Shark Myth Buster!

Written by Shark Girl on February 9th, 2017.      0 comments

We’ve been lucky enough to spot a number of blue sharks and hammerhead sharks in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d do some myth busting and see if we can make you love sharks like we do!

 

Hammerhead sharks, easily distinguishable by their unusual shaped head, might look scary, but they are actually big scaredy cats. They have no interest in us, and are way more likely to be more scared of us than we are of them. There have been zero reports of an attack on a human by a hammerhead shark, because it is practically impossible! The upside down U-shape of their mouth and its position underneath it’s head means that it wouldn’t be able to bite, let alone eat a human. Hammerheads are particularly partial to squid, rays, small fish, and small crustaceans. They tend to eat creatures that are around on the bottom of the ocean, explaining their mouth shape and position!

 

The shape of their head also is a massive help in finding their prey – all sharks have an incredibly advanced electrosensory system, which they use to detect movements and location of prey, temperature changes in the ocean, and they even use it as a form of navigation. This system is made up of pores mainly on their head and face, so having this system spread out further across the hammer shaped head, they can use this to their advantage to find food in the ocean floor easier and quicker. Having their eyes further apart is also a huge advantage, they have much better vision than most other sharks. They have almost 360-degree vertical vision, although they do have a blind spot directly in front of them, which is why they move their head side to side so much when they swim.

 

Even though they like to feed in deeper waters, we often see hammerhead sharks cruising along the surface, or in shallower waters. It’s thought that this is so they can warm up in the sun and the warmer shallow water, as they are cold-blooded creatures so can’t warm themselves up like we can. So when we spot them from the boat, they are just enjoying a nice bit of sunbathing.

 

We have also seen lots of blue sharks in the last few weeks, a smaller relative of the hammerhead. Blue sharks are, as you can probably guess, are a beautiful blue colour, and they have a long, pointy nose.

 

They also eat squid, small fish and crustaceans, but are also scavengers – they often eat fleshy remains of other animals in the water.  They have serrated teeth, making it easier to chew through large chunks of flesh, such as a dead whale body. They are a pelagic species, meaning they are constantly on the move through the water, swimming fairly close to the surface and feeding in deeper water.

 

It’s long nose and long pectoral fins means the blue shark is a mean swimmer, they can cover huge distances with minimal effort. They are migratory species, constantly on the move from coast to coast, mostly in tropical waters, but in the summer they tend to venture to cooler waters, where we get to see these beauties around the bay!

For the love of sharks!

- Shark Girl

 

Bringing in the New Year!

Written by Dolphin S on January 17th, 2017.      0 comments

What a way to bring in the new year!

Super pods, Orca, Brydes whales, Sunfish, and even turtles!

We’ve had it all this month at Dolphin Seafaris and hopefully this streak of luck will continue for the rest of the season!

Summer has shifted into gear and we are having one of the best seasons yet with this beautiful weather and dolphins for days!

The dolphins are always a favourite for us on our trips, but we have been so blessed the past few weeks to have numerous encounters with the sunfish or otherwise known as the Mola mola! It is the heaviest bony fish species in the world and their diet primarily consists of jellyfish! These fish can be as tall as they are long and their body is laterally compressed, they are found in both tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Not only have we had these incredible strange looking fish, we’ve always been blessed with turtles! Can you believe it!

On numerous occasions we have also had the rare encounter with the gigantic Leatherback Turtle! They can be found worldwide and found as north as Canada and down south to New Zealand and South America. They are able to maintain their warm body temperature even in the more temperate conditions, which is why they are able to survive in the cooler waters we get here in New Zealand.

These turtles aren’t your usual hard shell turtles; hence the name leather back, they have a thick leathery skin and are one of the deepest diving marine animals out there reaching depths of up to 1,200m! These turtles, like the sunfish also feed on large jellyfish!

We are crossing our fingers and toes that this magnificent season continues with plentiful encounters with the dolphins and any other marine life that wishes to grace us with their presence!

Join us in 2017 while the sun is shining and the water is warm for the experience of a lifetime!

 

Dolphin S

 

Merry Christmas!

Written by Dolphin S on December 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Merry Christmas!
 
The Holiday period has kicked off in full swing! The Bay of Plenty has been putting on a show for all our guests the past few weeks with this stunning weather, calm seas and plentiful array of marine life!
Over past few weeks the Common Dolphins have been entertaining our guests with their surfing skills, jumping ability and sometimes mating displays!
We’ve had some amazing encounters with pods of dolphins, sometimes we’ve even had pods with up to 300 dolphins!
 
Not only that, our fantastic whale month of November has continued and we’ve been blessed to experience the Brydes Whale again recently!
 
And to top that off an early Christmas present to all our crew and guests, we had 8 Orca grace us with their presence recently. What an absolutely incredible experience that was!
The Orca are the largest member of the Dolphin family, and can weight up to 3,600kgs!
Orcas are highly social animals and usually travel in pods of 5-30. They are found in most oceans around the world but are most common in the Arctic and Antarctic waters.
They are toothed whales and will feed on birds, turtles, sharks, fish, seals and squid.
Orca found in New Zealand are quite unique to the rest of the worlds populations as they feed on stingrays and will often be seen inside the Harbour chasing stings rays into shore!

thumb IMG 1039 1024-714 

December has been a great month for viewing and swimming with dolphins and it shall continue through into the New Year!
 
What better way to end 2016, or go into 2017 then with an experience to never forget!
 
Come join us!
 
Dolphin S
 

Spectacular day out

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Amazing dolphin swim.
 

Incredible harbour visitors

Written by Dolphin Queen on June 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

An update on the beautiful marine species who visit us in Tauranga harbour.
 

The whales and Dolphins of the Bay of Plenty

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 14th, 2015.      0 comments

A Special blog for world whale day documenting the Whales we have seen over the last few seasons
 

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

About Dolphin Seafaris

We are a passionate team who love all marine life, especially dolphins, and enjoy educating our customers about dolphins and marine life. With many years of working with marine animals and a high success rate of locating dolphins, Dolphin Seafaris will give you the dolphin tour of a life time. 

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