Dolphin Watching in New Zealand

I’m writing this blog post from a little bach ( ‘bach’ is a New Zealand term for a modest home or beach house) at the top of the south island of New Zealand, where yesterday I was lucky enough to watch many hundreds of dolphins feeding, jumping and playing just off shore.

The bach is only 150 yards from the shore, at Rarangi in Marlborough, and to begin with we were able to watch the dolphins through the patio doors, then we decided to grab our cameras and head down to the beach to see if we could photograph and film some of the amazing action.

Here are some of the photographs and video footage we mange to get:


Dusky Dolphins jumping for joy.


Synchronized diving, amazing to watch.


Not so synchronized these guys.


10 out of 10!

We were speechless so not much commentary, just a few Ooo’s ..and Ahhh’s.. haha.


Wikipedia: Citing Sources: [] [May 20, 2016]

“The dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) is a dolphin found in coastal waters in the Southern Hemisphere. Its specific epithet is Latin for “dark” or “dim”. It is very closely genetically related to the Pacific white-sided dolphin, but current scientific consensus holds they are distinct species. The dolphin’s range is patchy, with major populations around South America, southwestern Africa, New Zealand, and various oceanic islands, with some sightings around southern Australia and Tasmania.”

A very lucky day!



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