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Published on Jul 11, 2011
On 1st May 2011, we went Dolphin watching in Akaroa, New Zealand.
After negotiating a great out of season deal with akaroadolphins.co.nz (which included a bottle beer / glass of wine & homemade cookie each!), we headed out into Akaroa Bay on one of their boats with their trusty Dolphin spotting do 'Murphy' who can apparently hear the Dolphin's sonar before humans can.
Before long we spotted a small pod of Hector's Dolphins - the endangered subspecies only found in waters around New Zealand.
The Dolphins headed towards our boat and began swimming around us, jumping and playing, clearly enjoying the encounter.
Having never seen Dolphins in the wild before, it was an amazing experience and I was surprised at how fast they were able to swim, using the wake of the boat to propel themselves forward in the water.
Over it was a brilliant trip and one I'd highly recommend everyone does given the chance!