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First Dolphin Birth photographed in water - Ponta do Ouro!

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First Dolphin Birth photographed in water - Ponta do Ouro!

22 August 2012.

I was honored to be in the space of Mindi while she was calving! Here is what happened.


We located the large pod a little north who were just hanging out. After observing for a while we slipped into horribly green water yet again. I found myself trying hard to understand the sight before me and went from being intrigued at what I thought was an oversized penis to a large and dark remora. As my eyes finally focused through the murky water as i gazed upon the tail of Mindies emerging newborn. Instinctively I raised my arm and called the boat so as not to interfere with her birthing process by having guests in the water. She seemingly slowed as if knowing I was feeling extremely humbled to bear witness to this event. I had though that this would have been a group pod event with more dolphins around her, however she was only in the company of two other individuals. I managed to get a couple of images before swimming b…
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Dolphin Diaries Ponta do Ouro Mozambique
Check in with dolphins we did, but see we did not.... In true essence of a long weekend, dolphin sightings dropped substantially.
After some 6 hours at sea on friday, The Dolphins of Ponta were no-were to be seen. Our finned friends were out of the area, either finding sanctuary in Kosi Bay or Techobanine (both closed off areas that are sure to offer solace from the increased tourism activities brought on by the south african woman's day long weekend). Unbelievable good conditions with sea state that only got better as the day progressed found us searching, searching, searching - to no avail.
We were however awed by multiple humpback whale sightings offshore together with great whale acoustics as we eves dropped in on them. A mere two humpback dolphins were spotted by the dolphin swim boat Kira.
Saturday morning found us launching in poor sea state, again with no dolphins. This resulted in us canceling the launches for the rest of the day! We ju…

Dolphin Diaries Ponta do Ouro Mozambique

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Synchronized whale watching day found 18 sightings of whales in total. Sea state worsened during the day making it more difficult to spot the great ones. Needless to say by the time it was over i had round eye from gazing through the binoes the whole day! Mental note - next year no off-day for volunteers:-)

After being land based for a couple of days, it was refreshing to head out to sea yesterday morning. A great bunch of people accompanied by wonderful conditions was all we needed to have a good dolphin time!
We managed to get a little bit of data after the the SA dolphin boat had finished with the pod and I was overjoyed to have seen Gilly with a newborn nestled snugly between her and female M&M. At this stage the dollies were cruising across the border so the sighting was short to say the least. None the less my heart warmed to have seen Gilly - a longtime dolfriend that I have shared three of her offspring with. I wish her all the strength and protection in order to see this li…
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Dolphin Diary Ponta do Ouro - Mozambique
Aftern an agonizingly quite week we finally managed to get to sea today. By the time we had pushed in by 8am with a full boat of dolphin seekers, the north easterly wind was already picking up. If I had my way our launches would be welcoming in the sunrise while on the water, however this is wayyyyyyy to early for most people who prefer to sleep in on their holiday. I always like to say the early bird catches the worm, but alas our creator comforts take president.
Needless to say the early bird did not catch the worm today. Our trip up the coastline found none of our finned friends inshore so we had to settle for a pleasant shallow reef snorkel up in area f.
Today is Synchronized whale watching day! An annual event that finds pods of people along the african coastline counting humpback whales. The initiative was started by Matt from Samaki who is based up in Tanzania and 2012 is the fourth year running. The event is used to get an idea as to how ma…

Listening to whales 30th July 2012.