Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Middle of the Bay

During our week away at Curlewis, I took the kids out on a boat tour of Port Phillip Bay - where we swam with seals and dolphins!  It was a great day!  I got the best set of Dolphin pictures I have managed to take!

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.




The three images above show dolphins 'riding' the pressure wave at the front of our boat.





These four pictures show dolphins surfing the bow wave of a much larger boat in the main shipping channel.  In the last image you can see part of the skyline of the Melbourne CBD in the background.







These shots show two different pods of dolphins that came in to investigate the boat.  As you can see in one of the pictures, they are willing to swim right up to people in the water.  The last two shots also show a young dolphin with its (?) mother.


So long and thanks for the fish!

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

18 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love dolphins. Awesome collection of dolphins photos! It would be cool to swim near the dolphins. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Silly YAM... got distracted by the beautiful big red boat... (what to say; luvsa ship, she does...).... but the dolphins are definitely the stars of this show; what a privilege as well as fun! YAM xx

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't that wonderful! They are so curious and friendly...the ones here on the Florida Gulf Coast are almost that people friendly.

Lea said...

Magnificent!

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Their grace and majesty and willingness to communicate with humans, is awesome.
Your photos are very detailed and lovely, Stewart!
Right on!!
Have a Happy Day!
Peace :)

TheChieftess said...

Very cool!!! I love that you can swim with them in their environment!!! Wonderful shots Stewart!

Denise inVA said...

How thrilling that would be. I adore dolphins but have only actually seen them from afar. Great photos Stewart!

Nora said...

Wow those dolphins look so amazing, you can get so close.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots of the dolphins!

Linda W. said...

Oh how cool! What a thrill to see the dolphins.

Margaret Adamson said...

This must have been wonderful to see and you got some marvellous shots of them in action

Andrea Priebe said...

I love Dolphins ... and who wouldn't. They are smart, beautiful and friendly to humans. I hate that the fisherman pull them up in their nets, it's like killing the family dog :( These are great pictures ... did you swim with them? That would be such a wonderful experience :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

oh...makes me want to learn how to scuba. Wonderful shots.

carol l mckenna said...

Fantastic photography and what fun to 'swim with the dolphins' ~

Happy week to you ~ ^_^

Missy George said...

If I were to pick how to spend a day...It would be that way...Wonderful photos..We used to have a boat and would love it when the Dolphins or porpoises would ride along..Fun memories..

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous photos! I hope the dolphins didn't leave you that message. :-)

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Awesome! I know it not easy to catch the dolphins in camera. Here is California we have tons of common dolphins. They are smaller than the bottlenose dolphins and their skin is brownish.

Pat Tillett said...

Really nice photos Stewart! It sounds and looks you had a great day there.