and Secondly, apologies for being slack with my blogging, too many post-trip naps, but I promise I'll be better from now on!
The Christmas period was FANTASTIC for us at Dolphin Seafaris, with amazing encounters and some of the best swims we have ever had! I even got to go in!
The beginning of the year has given us some incredible wildlife encounters with the species list including dolphins, whales, sharks and sunfish and if it carries on like this, 2015 is going to be pretty special!
One of the most special occurred on one of those tough days, wildlife was hiding from us and it took longer than normal to find anything, even for our fantastic spotters! But when we did? BOY was it worth the wait! A pod of around 80 Oceanic Bottlenose dolphins (the 'Flipper' kind) casually hanging around with both Pilot Whales AND False Killer Whales (Pseudorca)! It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you don't QUITE believe yourself!
Another AMAZING common dolphin encounter and swim was followed by a pretty special "Splash spot" by one of our happy customers. The crew on the roof soon noticed that this looked a little different, and it turned out to be a Bryde's Whale! This elusive guy was pretty shy, surfacing only once or twice every 9 minutes but at one point was directly underneath the boat, seeing his bubbles surface so close set even the crew's spines tingling!
The New Zealand population of Bryde’s (pronounced Brooders) whales is listed a critically threatened species in New Zealand by the Department of Conservation. This is due to its small population is small and predominantly found in one location (the Hauraki Gulf) so to see one in our neck of the woods was fantastic!
The weather has been pretty tough these past couple of weeks, the January winds coming a little later than usual, but we're expecting a lot more settled weather in the weeks to come and some more Breathtaking encounters and dolphin swims so make sure you're on board! Call us on 07-577 0105 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot on the trip of a lifetime!