Bottlenose dolphins are common in the Sounds and love to ride our bow wave!

September 2014

Its Spring and the wildlife is AMAZING!! 

After a stunning winter full of wildlife action, we now welcome the longer days and warmer weather of Spring. The rich feeding conditions attract a variety of species to the Marlborough Sounds and lucky for us, most of them decide to stay all year round!

The incredible feeding frenzies are everywhere you turn with Australasian Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, Cormorants, Dolphins and sooo many Seals all enjoying the huge schools of fish moving around the sounds. As the Gannets hit the water like missiles, the shearwaters dive excitedly from the surface down. Underneath, the Dusky Dolphins are working hard, herding the fish into a tight ball and taking turns to feed. Absolutely spectacular to see!

The Dusky Dolphins have been spread all over the sounds during spring with regular sightings just outside the Picton harbour. Impressing us all with their fabulous acrobatics and curious personalities, we are always excited to see and swim with these beautiful dolphins. 

The Bottlenose Dolphins continue to charge their way around the sounds as big and boisterous as ever! These gorgeous 3-4 metre dolphins love to have fun and have been delighting vistors and locals wherever they go! With the birth of some new calves this month, we have seen a few 'nursery pods' break away from the larger group, taking some quiet time to teach their young the ways of the ocean world. 

Out on Motuara and Blumine Island, the Little Blue Penguins have laid their eggs and are patiently waiting on the arrival of chicks and the songbirds are singing up a storm securing their partners for breeding.

All in all its a wonderful time of year to visit the calm and sheltered Marlborough Sounds. With our talented team of guides and skippers returning home from their winter adventures, we cant wait to get back out on the water and share with you our beautiful backyard! Join us as we spread our conservation message and introduce you to the rare and endangered species that call the sounds home! 

 

 

 A very close encounter with the beautiful Dusky Dolphins.
 A very close encounter with the beautiful Dusky Dolphins.
  A new born Bell Bird shows off its new feathers.
  A new born Bell Bird shows off its new feathers.
  Wild Bottlenose Dolphins swimming past the boat.
  Wild Bottlenose Dolphins swimming past the boat.

 

  A very happy group of swimmers after an amazing swim with the Bottlenose Dolphins.
  A very happy group of swimmers after an amazing swim with the Bottlenose Dolphins.
 Spending some time around the boats.
 Spending some time around the boats.
  A juvenile NZ Falcon on the lookout for a meal. 
 
  A juvenile NZ Falcon on the lookout for a meal. 
 

 

  A female Orca swimming past with an 8ft Thresher shark in her mouth.
  A female Orca swimming past with an 8ft Thresher shark in her mouth.
  Amazing group of Dusky Dolphins.
  Amazing group of Dusky Dolphins.
  Relocating Rowi kiwi.
  Relocating Rowi kiwi.

The Marlborough Sounds are an incredible place and we at Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours are always proud to show it off to our guests.

More soon...

 

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