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

January 2014

Its Summer and the wildlife is AMAZING!! 

Day after day of calm seas, beautiful sunshine and masses of wildlife, it has been a wonderful summer so far in the Marlborough Sounds.
 
From the giant Orca to the tiny Blue Penguins, we have certainly enjoyed a variety of wildlife over the past few weeks. 
A pod of 10 Orca has been cruising the Marlborough Sounds and delighting visitors from afar. With a new calf amongst them they have been feasting on Stingrays and teaching the new addition the art of successful hunting.
The Bottlenose Dolphins have returned after a short break and have been travelling the sounds in a pod of around 100. These gorgeous 3-4 metre dolphins are amazing to see and have been very curious about visitors both on the boat and in the water.
The worlds smallest and rarest oceanic Dolphins, the Hector's, have also been out and about and in the most boisterous of moods with great leaps of excitement upon our approach. Last but not least a pod of Common Dolphins has been in town, very quietly cruising the sounds. This particular pod is so quiet it is thought they may be a nursery pod with one of the dolphins possibly due to give birth. 
Other species sighted include many a Blue Penguin, eagerly feeding upon finishing their annual moult. NZ Fur Seals lazing in the sun on coastal rocks and Rowi Kiwi chicks, released at their temporary home of Motuara Island. 
The rare King Shag has been seen roosting on Blumine Island in larger groups of around 10-15 birds and the Orange Fronted Parakeet has eagerly greeted our guests on teh Birdwatchers Expedition.

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 we love getting out on the water and sharing 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. Photograph taken with a zoom lens.
  A female Orca swimming past with an 8ft Thresher shark in her mouth. Photograph taken with a zoom lens.
  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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