Monday, 4 May 2015

Dolphins in the Bay

Port Phillip Bay has a population of about 100 - 150 rather special dolphins - they are a species of Bottlenose Dolphins called the Burrunan Dolphin.  This type of dolphin only occurs in the Bay and The Gippsland Lakes to the east of Melbourne.

It's common name is based on the local aboriginal languages and means (according to you know where) as a 'large sea fish of the porpoise kind'.

I saw these dolphins when I was out on a dolphin watching tour during Easter.

The first two images show a small pop of the dolphins teasing the people in another boat!




When they had had enough fun with the other boat they came over had had a bit of a play with us!



I like this last shot a lot - I was surprised how well it came out - I like the combination of colour and shapes.

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

22 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I love the drive over one of the causeways or bridges between Tampa and St Pete. Seeing a pair of fins makes my day. Oh...I want a boat. I'm selling my bike...maybe it's time for the plunge.

Montanagirl said...

That is very cool!

Mary Hone said...

I love to watch dolphins, that is very cool.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I do love dolphins!! Fun post for the day, Stewart!! Hope your week is off to a great start!!

ladyfi said...

Oh, that is just lovely!

Irma said...

I love the dolphins.
Beautiful pictures Stewart.
I wish you a beautiful new week.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I have a soft spot for marine life. Your title had me wondering if these were captive or free. I'm delighted in knowing they aren't captive.

Great shots... especially the last one!

TexWisGirl said...

Beauties. :-)

maryaustria said...

Amazing! I would also love to see dolphins... :)

Linda W. said...

I do like your last shot! How cool to see the dolphins swim right by your boat.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like this whole post a lot! We see them once in a while here, but I am too slow to get pics.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh to see them and then to photograph them ~ Great shots!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Amy Franks said...

awesome! once in a while we have dolphins come into the estuary where I live here in NZ, I haven't been lucky enough to catch them in a photo yet though.

Valerie said...

So pleased your outing was an exciting one. Yes, that last capture is great. Lovely colour in the seas

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful captures!! That last one would be a little scary if you didn't know it was a dolphin.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

How wonderful! Love the last shot.

Margaret Adamson said...

Musthavebeen wonderfulto see these animals playing in the water.

Mama Zen said...

Oh, how cool!

Lea said...

Oh, yes! I do like the last image!
Lea

June Caedmon said...

What fun, Stewart! Great shots!

eileeninmd said...

I love seeing the dolphins.. Awesome captures, Stewart!

pattisjarrett said...

Gotta love dolphins! Bottlenose visit the Chesapeake Bay area here, too, though I don't know all the specifics like you do.