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!