Ivan!

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 who likes to engage! One of my most memorable dolphin encounters was with this chap and Ingrid who had caught a small blue spotted ray!  Ingrid has not been seen for many months now and I often wonder whatever happened to her. She just disappeared! I do hope she will appear one day again, possibly with a little one in tow:-)

Amongst the group of dolphins we sighted this morning were some of our oldtimers that used to be more resident to the area. We were overjoyed to see Ladies fin amongst the group, which had, towards of end of the launch split off from the main pod.

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