Dusky Dolphins, proper name Lagenorhynchus obscurus, jump and play in the water during a dolphin watching tour with Encounter Kaikoura, off the coast of Kaikoura on the East Caost of the South Island of New Zealand. These tours operate regularly during the summer months and are very popular with tourists as it is a chance to get to see these dolphins up close and personal.
Dusky Dolphins are known for being really adventurous in the water and for their acrobatic tricks, it almost seems like they enjoy showing off for viewers as often as possible and will put on quite a show if they are able!
This species of dolphin are only found in the waters of the southern hemisphere, and were first discovered by John Edward Gray in 1818. They are a very close relative of the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, but they are different enough to be considered their own species.
These dolphins are quite small in size and this helps them be more agile in the water and they can do flips and spins better than a larger dolphin. They are not an endangered species but their numbers are being watched closely at the moment as they have been in decline but it is not yet known why and conservationists want to make sure they don't disappear.
Dusky Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus obscurus, during a dolphin watching tour with Encounter Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Canterbury, East Coast, South 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 1/320 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 105mm.
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