“Wild dolphins live up to 40 years”, our chirpy, bubbly, smiling guide informs us. “Those kept in pools, for people to pose with, have an average life span of just 18 months”.
They’re also known to commit suicide apparently; Several in captivity have reportedly drowned themselves over the years.
Below is a glimpse of a few racing with us off the coast of New Zealand. The tour is operated by a marine protection group who monitor & research marine life on behalf of the government and industry leading NGO’s. Policy continues to be shaped by their findings including the implementation of speed limits for ships coming into the bays (to prevent further deaths – none of which have occured since implementation)
I’m not one to point my camera on trips but, they danced with our boat for a good two hours. A shy whale also made an appearance (eventually)
Half a dozen whales, numerous Australasian Ganettes and predatory sharks were also in these waters during our fresh October trip. (…We didn’t see any sharks)
Auckland, as a city, hasn’t been particularly inspiring at all. I’ve had my playtime with the gays, reflected with cheese and wine on the Sky Tower and slummed it with the homeless in McDonalds. This safari cruise, away from the city though, just made the whole holiday worth it.
Auckland Dolphin and Whale Safari = Highly recommend.