Thursday, 19 February 2015

Bottlenose Dolphins

On the same trip that yielded the bird and seascape shots from the last post, we encountered a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins.  If you have not looked at that post, the boat trip was around the end of the Freycient Peninsula, with lunch at Wineglass Bay.

They came and played in the bow wave at the front of the boat - it was great to see them effortlessly keeping up with the boat and spinning in the waves.

The hull of the boat was very strongly curved, so the dolphins were actually back behind the line of the deck 'fence'.  This meant I had to lean a rather long way out over the side of the boat to get these shots - to was not comfortable, and rather stomach churning to say the least.









You can see more animals from around the world at Saturday Critters (although it may not be Saturday with you yet, and if the truth be told it's still Thursday here!)

27 comments:

bas van Es said...

Dat is heel mooi gedaan.is het water zo helder daar??

Revrunner said...

Looks like you could have easily swum with the dolphins.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome captures, Stewart. They are such cute mammals.. I love seeing them, they look like they are racing the boat.. have a happy day!

Marcia said...

What fun! The closest I've come to that is whale watching in a boat in Newfoundland. It's good that you expose your children to so many experiences.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

So cute Stewart!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

such playful critters. kudos

Mary Hone said...

Oh I love that!! The colors of the ocean, and the dolphins are always so awesome.

TexWisGirl said...

so very neat! :)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love the dolphins!! Terrific captures, Stewart!! Have a great weekend!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Cool. They are having fun.

Irma said...

Spectacular images of swimming dolphins.
Very well photographed, Stewart, my compliments.
Best regards, Irma

Missy George said...

Glad you sacrificed to get those shots..They are spectacular !!Beautiful waters..

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh how wonderful to see those two..I would be enchanted!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful underwater shots (be careful out there)! I've been trying to get manatee pictures, but they just look like blobs under the surface. (WEll, that's kinda' how they look anyway, but unidentifiable blobs in my pictures). Anyway. Great pics and I forgot to say on the earlier post that your bird shots were great too. A great trip altogether!

Adam Tilt said...

Dolphins bow riding have been some of my favourite wildlife encounters. Great work on getting these shots.

bettyl-NZ said...

What a great adventure! They always bring a smile!

Linda W. said...

These are amazing shots! How fun to see dolphins so close.

Chris Rohrer said...

Love it!!! Dolphins anywhere are so cool. Looks like a nice trek out.

Susan said...

Wow Stewart, what a thrill for you!! Amazing photos - thanks for sharing.
A great trip indeed :D)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What great shots, Stewart!! I want to swim with the dolphins someday :)

Beate said...

I have yet to see Dolphins for real, but for now these awesome shots of those wonderful creatures will do :)

Bethany Carson said...

Neat to see the dolphins!

Ratty said...

Great pictures of the dolphins. I'd love to be able to see them like you did. That must have been a wonderful experience.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos of the dolphins! They're amazing critters.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, stopping back to say thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy day!

Marie said...

Definitely worth the stomach crunch! :-) You got some great photos! I love how the dolphins seem to feel akin to us. It makes you love them all the more!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fantastics creatures.. Love it.. Cheers..