People that come to the North Island of New Zealand are totally excited by the idea of swimming with the Bottlenose Dolphins while residents have become quite used to the idea. As a Bottlenose Dolphin passes by these people they are thrilled that these marine mammals are so friendly with the likes of humans.
The dolphins gentle disposition surprises most people as they come close to check out what is intruding their territory. The Bottlenose Dolphins are extremely passive and instructions are given before entering the water on the proper behavior required while swimming with these dolphins in their natural environment.
One reason that the Bottlenose Dolphins hang around this area and make it easy for people to swim with them, is that the Bay of Islands offers some excellent feeding grounds. Another reason being, that if the waters appear too rough, the dolphins as well as other marine mammals such as the penguins will come into this area as it is protected by the coastal landscape.
If the waters around the Bay of Islands off the North Island of New Zealand are too rough, then the swimming with the dolphins tours are cancelled. You will find a few different outfits that offer this chance of a lifetime while visiting New Zealand and many people find that this is a hard attraction to turn down.
Swimming with Wild Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, 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 1/1000 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 170mm.
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