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Dolphin Diary 
Afters yesterdays wind and gloomy seas, we welcomed in a beautiful (although overcast morning). The cetacean nation was very active early bells with some of our dolfriends sighted hunting and surfing in the bay. They were around  during the entire 2hr observation.
Sadly we did not have a launch today, but wow what a wonderful land based obs we had with our volunteers Jessica and Marjuane. Apart from Dolphins there were humpback whales with two groups close-by and three groups offshore.

Dolphin Diary, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique 22 June 2012 And again the onshore was blowing this morning…. None the less we headed out, looking like eskimos in the chilly wind to see which of our dolfriends were in the area. Unfortunately sea state and a couple of sea sick peeps cut short our session and we were back on land by 09:00. The hydra-phone recording found very little whale activity this morning par from a few groans right in the beginning. We headed inshore and to find the SA boat with a pod and waited for them to finish off after which we picked up the pod heading offshore. Some 20 dolphins were amongst the mix and when slipping in we were joined by Ivan and a couple of other boys! Although the visibility left little to be desired, we were able to have a brief but socially engaging bout of conscious interaction with Ivan and a couple of other young adult males.
Ivan - made it onto the Dolphins of Ponta ID catalogue in December 2006 who is one of those colourful dolphin characters …
Dolphin Diary 21 July 2012 The onshore started blowing early this morning so it was a bumpy ride. As we were pushing in Dallas saw some of our finned friends surfing back-line, there was however another boat in their vicinity so we went offshore and popped the hydraphone in. We managed to get our first humpback whale recording of the season! Although the whales could not be seen, they certainly could be heard. 
After heading back into the bay in hope of spotting our dolfriends, we eventually found a small group that was pointed out by a fellow seafarer who mentioned that they had been snacking on some bait fish. Although they came straight to our boat for a quick bow ride, they soon disappeared into the depths and were then seen heading offshore. We decided to leave them be and headed up the coastline to search the rest of the area.There was no dolphin activity and just as we were about to give up, Mitch spotted a pod coming inshore. Much excitement followed as we kitted up and slipped i…