… and lots and lots of dolphins!
We left port at 13:14 and saw dolphins 15 minutes later. And saw dolphins till we left them to return to port at 15:50! We saw the first three subadults at Numurine (we saw these three again later on our third water entry). One was #145 ('Y-chan' because she has a Y-shaped mark on her right side.) and two other buddies. In fact Y-chan spent the day with us … bow riding or playing underwater. At one point I was recording dolphins and saw one of our new moms with her calf. I swam to get closer and all of a sudden had at least 10 subadult dolphins surrounding me. It seems they did not want me to follow the mother/calf pair … or the other females in the group. They stayed with me … many opening their mouths wide (maybe showing me their many sharp teeth??) and were quite vocal … clicks and whistles and more! My gear is clean and so am I. I now have 3 hours of data sheets to complete and review my video. So, I will end this entry here. I gathered about 45 minutes of video. And, we have another trip scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Will keep you posted on the dolphin observations and data collection. Cheers for now! Kathleen