Dusky Dolphin – Kaikoura Bay, New Zealand
When in New Zealand my wife and I did a couple of trips to swim with the dusky dolphins with http://www.dolphinencounter.co.nz/kaikoura/Dolphin_Welcome/ . This trip is amazing. The captain said he would drop us off with the dolphins and then once they swam past he would pick us up and find them again. Everyone on the tour was given a 7 mm wetsuit because the water was so cold. I wore my 3mm Rip Curl surfing wetsuit so I could still dive and it made all the difference. Sure the water was freezing, but I was able to dive down several feet when the dolphins approached. They spent the entire hour chasing me around, spinning, and doing whatever I did. Most of the time, I had at least 1-2 dolphins within a foot of my every move. Spectacular! I would highly recommend this tour. For those of you who like to stay dry, I took this photograph from the small boat just as the dusky surfaced. It is one of my most favorite shots from the trip!
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