A small group of Bottlenose Dolphins appear in the waters of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand where passengers aboard a boat prepare themselves for a close encounter with these marine mammals. The passengers are slowly lowered into the water in a large net where they free themselves without causing a huge ruckus around the Bottlenose Dolphins.
The Bottlenose Dolphins around the Bay of Islands in New Zealand seem to enjoy spending time with humans and the humans are ecstatic to be able to swim with these wild marine mammals. The cute face of the dolphins and their energetic disposition is one which is never forgotten by anyone lucky enough to experience this type of close encounter.
Around the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, there are approximately 450 individual Bottlenose Dolphins who frequent these waters, and on most occasions this species of dolphin will stick close to their own kind. With their dark shaded backside and lighter coloring underneath, these curious dolphins will spin, roll and leap in the water with humans. The beak is fairly short which you will notice when experiencing a close encounter with one of these wild Bottlenose Dolphins, along with their hooked but pointed dorsal fin.
As long as the waters off the North Island of New Zealand are fairly calm, the tides are cooperative and the dolphins are inviting a close encounter, a swim with wild Bottlenose Dolphins will surely be a highlight of anyone's vacation. If the skipper of the dolphin watching tour has any qualms about the conditions of the water, this type of close encounter will not be allowed on any questionable tours, viewing them from the boat would be the only option.
Wild Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, swimming in the Bay of Islands, Northland, East Coast, North Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/640 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 100mm.
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