18 March 2013
WILDLIFE! WILDLIFE! WILDLIFE!
The Queen Charlotte Sound has been chocca with wildlife lately! Orca, Bottlenose and Hector’s Dolphins, NZ Fur Seals, Krill and fish and feeding sea birds for miles!
We have been both fortunate and unfortunate to have the Orca frequenting the sounds as well. Fortunate in the sense we get to spend time with these incredibly beautiful and awe inspiring marine mammals, unfortunate in the sense when they left the sounds they chased the Bottlenose Dolphins all the way into Wellington harbor! Never fear however, they weren't gone for long and we were back to spectacular swims in calm waters and sunny weather before we knew it.
The swimming tours have been fantastic with the younger dolphins showing off all of their aerial prowess, huge leaps and giant splashes entertaining both swimmers and viewers. On our regular encounters with the Hector’s Dolphins, we have recorded 3 new calves this season which is really encouraging for the sounds population.
As for the Motuara Island and Dolphin Cruise, this just gets better and better every day. Sunny, dry weather has contributed to record amounts of Parakeet and Saddlebacks spending time at the photography hot spot, the watering hole. Bellbird’s have been entertaining all who visit with their constant chiming and beautiful melodies. The Kiwi project has taken full swing with the 24th Rowi being released last week.
If your heading down towards Picton swing on in and have a chat. Who knows what else our amazing backyard might reveal in the next month!
Here is some footage taken by a natural filmaker last week: http://www.3news.co.nz/Dolphins-use-human-shields-against-orcas/tabid/1216/articleID/290164/Default.aspx
The Marlborough Sounds are an incredible place and we at Dolphin Watch Ecotours are always proud to show it off to our guests.